U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole has opened up a 10 point lead
over her Democratic challenger Kay Hagan in the race for U.S. Senate according
to the latest DecisionMaker poll results released today by the Civitas
Institute. Dole’s lead has increased by eight points from last month.
Of the 600 likely general election voters surveyed, 48
percent supported Dole while 38 percent supported Hagan. Libertarian
candidate Chris Cole, included in the poll for the first time, received one
percent support. Thirteen percent were undecided.
“Senator Dole has been able to open up a significant lead
over her challenger due to the effective advertising campaign she has run over
the past month,” explained Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis
DeLuca. “Since last month, Senator Hagan concluded her advertising in
conjunction with the end of her primary race, while Senator Dole has just begun
to reintroduce herself to voters,” DeLuca concluded.
“In the one area where both candidates have been actively
engaged, illegal immigration, Dole has a commanding 63-20 margin over Hagan
among voters who identify that as their top issue. Dole is out early and
forcefully and it appears successfully, defining herself to voters on this
issue,” DeLuca further explained.
Dole has been able to open up her lead from last month by
winning over unaffiliated and women voters. In last month’s poll, Hagan
led Dole among unaffiliated voters by a 47-35 margin and led among female
voters by a 49-42 margin. This month, Dole has reversed those numbers is
now even among unaffiliated voters 38-38, and leads among female voters 45-41.
Dole leads in all area codes of the state except the
Triangle (919) and Hagan’s home area of the Triad (336).