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Andy Griffith, as Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show," used his folksy charm to keep the peace in Mayberry, the fictional stand-in for his own Mount Airy, N.C., hometown. But according to numbers released this week by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling, the beloved North Carolina resident's endorsement of Democratic causes and candidates has dented his statewide approval numbers.

"There's not much doubt that it's Griffith's forays into politics, most recently in support of the health care bill, that are driving down his poll numbers," said the poll report. "His 53 percent favorability with Democrats right now is only slightly down from 57 percent in the June 2008 poll. But with Republicans he's dropped all the way from 57 percent to 35 percent. He's only barely on positive ground with GOP voters, as 31 percent of them see him unfavorably."

In 2008, Griffith and Ron Howard reprised their roles as Sheriff Andy and his son, Opie, in an ad endorsing Barack Obama. And in July, the 84-year-old Manteo, N.C., resident made an ad for the U.S. government touting the "good things" to come from the Democratic-backed health care bill:

"Clearly it's pushback from the president's health care plan," Brad Crone, a Democratic consultant who is working with legislative candidates, told the News & Observer to explain Griffith's plunging poll numbers in a state where Mount Airy's Andy Griffith museum is a tourist spot. "It's a good time to call up Barney Fife."

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Nobody likes someone who is anti social. You must live in a cave if you don't use things afforded by socialism. Social security, Interstate highways, internet, veterans hospitals, county nursing homes, Medicare, municipal sanitation and water supplies. Uggggh Can't stand people wanting to push the country back into the stone age with comments about being anti social!

September 09 2010 at 5:16 AM Report abuse -24 rate up rate down Reply
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It's called taxation AND redistribution of wealth. Those are the programs you just described. They are a bain to this country, unsustainable, and abused excessively. All of these programs cost more than what was projected, pay out more than they're taking in, AND create absolutely NO revenue. Other than that, I don't see anything wrong with them.

September 09 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

ANDY,you and RON greatly disapoint me with your support of our far left wing President and his socialist policies.

September 08 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply

Could be his politics is affecting his poll numbers , Some Democrats are trying to put some distance from the president and his policies .

September 08 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

Mary C Curtis, slow news day huh? It must suck to have to come up with a column ever so often and have nothing better to write about that Andy Griffin's poll numbers. At 84 years of age, I'm sure Andy is really concerned about that. I guess the next thing you'll be reporting is that some FAUX stations cancellec Mayberry reruns. Gee!!!

September 08 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

poor Andy has dementia and didn't know what he was really doing...

September 08 2010 at 9:52 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply

Mixing celeberties and politics is always a bad mix because you automatically alienate half your fan base. Sheriff Andy Taylor was part of American lore and now he is just a marginalized old man. Just wish Barney was still around.

September 08 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

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