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Civitas Poll: Tillis Leading Hagan

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RALEIGH – The latest Civitas Institute Poll shows state House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate, leading Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Tillis leads Hagan 39 percent to 36 percent, with Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh the choice of 8 percent of the 600 registered NC voters polled. When asked their preference without Haugh in the lineup, Tillis led 46 to 41 percent.

“Tillis has a slight lead over Sen. Hagan,” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said. “What must be more troubling for the Senator’s camp is that 55 percent of voters say it is time for someone new while only 35 percent say she deserves reelection. Much can happen during the campaign, but Sen. Hagan faces challenges, including voters’ underlying doubts about keeping her in office.”

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Sen. Kay Hagan

House Speaker Thom Tillis

House Speaker Thom Tillis

The poll of 600 registered North Carolina voters was conducted May 20-22, and has an error margin of plus/minus 4 percent. Twenty-five percent of the respondents were contacted on cellphones.

Text of questions:*

“Now, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of…

                      TOTAL       TOTAL                           VERY        SMWT          SMWT       VERY                         HRD OF/                       NEVER
                       FAV            UNFAV                         FAV            FAV              UNFAV     UNFAV                       NO OPIN                      HRD OF

Barack Obama

5/14      45%       52%                      29%       16%               9%         43%                      2%                         –

4/14      48%       48%                      29%       20%            10%       38%                      3%                         –

3/14      46%       52%                      29%       17%               9%         43%                      2%                         –

1/14      46%       50%                      27%       19%                9%         42%                      3%                         –

Pat McCrory

5/14      48%       38%                      18%       30%              13%       25%                      10%                      4%

4/14      44%       42%                      17%       27%               14%       28%                      11%                      3%

3/14      44%       46%                      20%       24%             14%       32%                      9%                         1%

1/14      43%       44%                      18%       25%              15%       28%                      11%                      2%

“Now, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of …”

                      Total          Total                            Strong         Smwt        Smwt        Strong                           Don’t                             Refused
                   Approve  Disapprove                 Approve      Approve     Disapp.     Disapp                          Know

“… the job Barack Obama is doing as President?”

5/14      45%       54%                      23%       22%       11%         43%                      1%                         –

4/14      47%       50%                      24%       23%       10%        40%                      3%                         –

3/14      46%       53%                      24%       22%       9%          44%                      1%                         –

1/14      45%       52%                      25%       19%        10%        42%                      3%                         –

“… the job Kay Hagan is doing as U.S. Senator?”

5/14      45%       48%                      20%       25%       14%       34%                      7%                         –

4/14      44%       46%                      15%       28%       15%       31%                      11%                      –

3/14      44%       44%                      15%       29%       14%       30%                      13%                      –

1/14      38%       45%                      15%       23%       17%       28%                      16%                      –

“And if the election for U.S. Senate and Congress were being held today, would you rather… ”

3/14      4/14      5/14
49%       48%       50%       Elect a Republican who will be a check and balance to President Obama’s policies and programs.
43%       42%       40%       Elect a Democrat who will support President Obama’s programs and policies.
7%          9%          10%       Don’t Know/Neither/Other

“Has Kay Hagan performed her job as U.S. Senator well enough to deserve re-election, or is it time to give someone new a chance to do a better job?”

35%       Total Deserves Re-Election

55%       Total Time for Someone New

25%       Definitely Deserves Re-election

11%       Probably Deserves Re-election

12%       Probably Time for Someone New

44%       Definitely Time for Someone New

9%          Undecided/Don’t Know/More Info Needed

“If the election for U.S. Senate were being held today for whom would you vote between …”

39%       Thom Tillis, the Republican

36%       Kay Hagan, the Democrat

8%          Sean Haugh, the Libertarian

15%       Lean/ Undecided


31%       DEFINITELY TILLIS                           4%          DEFINITELY HAUGH

8%          PROBABLY TILLIS                             5%          PROBABLY HAUGH

2%          LEAN TILLIS                                       1%          LEAN HAUGH


27%       DEFINITELY HAGAN                        10%       HARD UNDECIDED

9%          PROBABLY HAGAN                          1%          OTHER (Specify)

1%          LEAN HAGAN                                    1%          REFUSED


“Suppose there were only two candidates … for whom would you vote between: Thom Tillis, the Republican, and Kay Hagan, the Democrat?”

46%       Total Tillis

41%       Total Hagan

12%       Lean/ Undecided


37%       Definitely Tillis

10%       Probably Tillis

1%          Lean Tillis

9%          Undecided

2%          Lean Hagan

10%       Probably Hagan

31%       Definitely Hagan

“On Election Day in November, what would you say would be your primary motive to vote? Will you be more motivated to vote based on …”

3/14      4/14      5/14

33%       44%       41%       North Carolina-specific issues like state spending, education and specific state laws and policies.
53%       48%       51%       National issues like ObamaCare, federal spending and borrowing, and foreign policy.
3%          2%          1%          Won’t be motivated
11%       6%          7%          Don’t Know/ Refused
*Due to rounding, figures may not total 100%

For more information, click on: May 2014 Politics Crosstabs.

This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted May 20-22, 2014 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Twenty-five percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2010, 2012) or be newly registered to vote since November 7, 2012.The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.”

Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller polling of North Carolina voters. For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

The Civitas Institute is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or james.tynen@nccivitas.org.

Editor’s note: Website photo is of Sen. Kay Hagan

About Francis De Luca

Francis X. De Luca is president of the Civitas Institute. He has a varied background that includes political consulting, owning a small business, working at all levels of government and serving on active and reserve duty for 30 years with the United States Marine Corps, where he retired with the rank of Colonel. He was recalled to active duty after 9/11 and served over 4 years on active duty including deploying as part of Task Force Tarawa for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew combat missions in the first Persian Gulf War. Francis received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida. He is married and has two daughters. His management philosophy for how a policy organization measures its impact is best summarized by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
This article was posted in Elections & Voting, Press Releases by Francis De Luca on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Alan May 31, 2014 at 12:38

    Another Civitas “poll” with zero credibility. National Research Inc. is a far-right leaning outfit that cannot possibly be impartial.

  • 2

    Atnor Jun 02, 2014 at 8:38

    I truly wish there was a realistic way that both of them could lose – neither one will be getting my vote.

  • 3

    Larry mcduffie
    Larry mcduffie Jul 07, 2014 at 13:37

    Atnor,I agree with you.A choice between a commie and a Rino is no choice.If we don’t vote people like Alan win.We lose more with Hagen than Tillis.

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