Poll: NC's Hagan in Tight Race Regardless of Opponent

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Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 08:16 AM

By Elliot Jager

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No matter which Republican wins the May 6 GOP primary in North Carolina, incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan faces a tight race in the fall.

The latest opinion survey from Public Policy Polling has any potential GOP opponent within two points of Hagan.

She is ahead of state House Speaker Thom Tillis 45 to 43, Edward Kryn 43 to 41, and Heather Grant 43 to 42.

Hagan is tied with Alex Lee Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, and Mark Harris at 43 points, and she is behind Jim Snyder 43 to 42 and Ted Alexander 45 to 43.

Hagan faces a difficult campaign, even though the survey found that most voters support key Democratic positions. By a 59 to 33 margin, state residents favor boosting the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and by a 75 percent majority do not want the state to ban birth control.

Fifty percent of those surveyed disapprove of Hagan's performance, with 9 percent not sure, and 41 percent approving.

"The Republican primary is a mess, and she's doing better in head-to-heads as the issues in the news work more to her advantage," Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement.

Among Republicans, Tillis is running even with Brannon at 14 percent, followed by Grant at 11 percent, Alexander and Harris at 7 percent, Bradshaw at 6 percent, Snyder at 4 percent, and Kryn with 1 percent.

In last month's poll, Tillis was ahead of Brannon 20 to 13 points. Since then, he has implied that he did not favor any minimum wage. That's an unpopular stance among GOP voters, with 56 percent opposed to doing away with the minimum wage altogether. He also ran into trouble for suggesting that Obamacare was a good idea, only that the country could not afford it. His disapproval rating stands at 37 percent.

The telephone and Internet survey interviewed 884 voters March 6-9, including 392 Republican primary voters. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.

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