U.S. Senate race remains an uphill battle for challenger
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D-Guilford) did not narrow the gap over the past month between her and Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) in the U.S. Senate race according to the latest DecisionMaker poll results conducted by the Civitas Institute. Hagan’s deficit in the poll has hovered around double digits for the last two months.
Among the 600 general election voters surveyed, 47% supported Dole and 38% supported Hagan. Chris Cole, the Libertarian candidate, received 2% of the support with the undecided segment rounding out the totals at 14%.
“Dole continues to hold onto a very strong lead even as Hagan has matched her dollar for dollar over the last few months in fundraising,” said Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civitas Institute.
Dole enjoys 24% of support from registered Democrats as opposed to 11% of registered Republicans supporting Hagan. Dole also continues to court voters pushing her stances on illegal immigration and off-shore drilling. Hagan has been campaigning by calling attention to high gas prices and discussing the impact free trade has had on North Carolina.
“Senator Dole made the first big move in the general election campaign with her media buys, if Hagan is going to start closing the gap we would expect to see something soon,” DeLuca concluded.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted July 14-16 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4.2% of the “True Values.” “True Values” refer to the results obtained if were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.
If you would like more information regarding this topic, or to schedule an interview with Francis DeLuca, please call Gabe Dellinger at 919.747.8065 or email at Gabe.Dellinger@nccivitas.org.