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Burr ratings: down but still ahead

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's approval rating remains below 40 percent, which might ordinarily be bad news for a politician, but he's still ahead of any of his potential Democratic challengers in next year's election, according to a poll released Friday.

The approval rating for Burr, a Republican, was 38 percent, according to the survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm. In matchups against possible Democratic opponents, Burr beat:

U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, of Lillington, by 41 to 34 percent.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who officially launched her candidacy this week, and former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, by the same margin of 42 to 31 percent.

Former N.C. Sen. Cal Cunningham by 42 to 30 percent.

Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy by 43 to 29 percent.

Durham lawyer Kenneth Lewis by 43 to 27 percent.

The survey of 600 voters was taken Sept. 2 to 8 and has a margin of error of 4 percent.


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Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

If someone would tell us what burr has done for the citizens of North Carolina and even more to the point the 900,000+ active duty military personnel and their families, the retired military and the veterans one could at least consider voting for someone such as burr!

Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

In anticipation of three more years of radical, bizarre, leftist, anti-American crap from the democrats....we need the common sense, stable approach that Burr offers.

Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

Just kidding - but they left out how Burr matched up against several other potential opponents

against a ham sandwich the sandwich leads 65% to 20% the remaining preferred turkey

But seriously we should start pushing for term limits, to me there is something wrong with 59 senators over 60 years old. Where the idea that being a senator should be a lifetime career started I do not know, but effectiveness declines at some point and they all begin to get an air of entitlement the longer they are in office. As of August 26, 2009, 1 Senator is in his 90s, 3 are in their 80s, 20 are in their 70s, 35 are in their 60s, 31 are in their 50s, 9 are in their 40s, and 0 are in their 30s. The median age is now 62.

Senators should be limited to 2 term and house members to 3.

Talking points persist

when they're true. Burr's support for Bush's recklessness over the years they shared in office is a historical matter of fact. Criticizing the person who shared that fact is like complaining about the weather. It might make you feel better, but it doesn't change a thing.

Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

And the award for Best Regurgitation of Democratic Party Talking Points Without A Single Original Thought Of His Own Added In, goes to ncsu66! You earned it, kid!

Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

During his four years in the Senate, Burr was a reliable vote for the policies of the Bush Administration voting with the Republicans 97.5% of the time. Burr has supported the failed Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and “trickle down”. Have you received your “trickle down” yet? Burr has supported Bush policies on torture, rendition, domestic spying on American citizens, the unnecessary Iraqi War, doubling the national debt and Social Security privatization. Burr supported the Bush appointment of incompetent cronies to administrative posts leading to the weak response to Katrina and the inadequate supervision of the securities markets by the SEC. Burr has supported the trade agreements which have wiped out millions of American jobs. Burr has supported Bush economic policies which have brought the United States to the brink of depression. If you long for the days of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Tom Delay, Jack Abramoff, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Duke Cunningham and the like, then Burr is your man. If you long for a return to the ‘hate and fear’ politics and incompetence of George W. Bush; then Burr is your man. If you support Rush Limbaugh in the desire for President Obama “to fail”, then Burr is your man. But, if you are tired of those policies, North Carolina needs to make a change.

Re: Burr ratings: down but still ahead

How can anyone with half a brain in NC EVER vote for another NC democrat?
Comeon people, this ORIGINAL 'party' of SLAVERY has RUINED US!

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