Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr’s favorable ratings are virtually tied among voters according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, Republican Sen. Burr is viewed favorably by 33 percent of voters. Twenty-six percent said they have an unfavorable opinion and 29 percent said they have no opinion, giving him a +7 favorability rating when subtracting his favorability rating from his unfavorable rating.
Meanwhile, 32 percent of voters said they have a favorable opinion of Democratic Sen. Hagan. Twenty-seven percent said they have an unfavorable opinion while 28 percent said they have no opinion, for a net +4 favorability rating.
“Voters are finding little difference between North Carolina’s two Senators,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes. “Right now, all voters see are incumbent Senators with few distinctions, and that is not a very popular position to be in.”
The nationwide anti-incumbent sentiment looks to be affecting Burr, however, as he leads the favorable rating among Republicans 53 percent-13 percent. Democrats hold a 20 percent-35 percent favorable opinion of Burr. Unaffiliated voters, the fastest growing voter segment in North Carolina, hold a 22 percent favorable opinion to 31 percent unfavorable opinion of the Senator.
Support for Hagan appears to break along party lines as her favorability among Democrats stands at 44 percent favorable-14 percent unfavorable. Nineteen percent of Republican voters view her favorably while 43 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion. Unaffiliated voters are not in support of Hagan either, with 26 percent saying their opinion of her is favorable and 28 percent unfavorable.
“Each Senator has solid, but not spectacular ratings among their base voter, but little else,” added Hayes. “But with how unpopular Washington politicians are currently, that can be seen as an advantage for Richard Burr this year.”
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of questions:
Favorable – 33%
Unfavorable – 26%
No Opinion – 29%
Favorable – 32%
Unfavorable – 27%
No Opinion- 28%
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This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted June 15-18, 2010 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 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
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.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.