Is it possible that North Carolina voters aren't happy with Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, but still like him a lot better than any of the Democratic alternatives?
That seems to be the message from the latest survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that surveyed 683 voters from Oct. 2-4.
Burr's approval rating was just 36 percent. That's down slightly from last month's survey, which had Burr's approval rating at 38 percent.
But when voters were asked about possible match-ups with some of the possible Democratic candidates, Burr easily came out on top. Here's a look at what the survey found:
Burr, 44; U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, 33
Burr, 44; Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, 32
Burr, 44; former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, 30
Burr, 44; Durham attorney Kenneth Lewis, 30
Burr, 45; Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy, 29
Burr, 46; former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, 27
The survey's margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.