Senator Hagan leads GOP field by double digits

'Hagan leads GOP field by double digits' from PPP

“North Carolinians continue to be closely divided on Kay Hagan,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But she’ll get a break if she can run against the leadership of an extremely unpopular GOP legislature.”

Raleigh, N.C.— The unpopularity of the North Carolina General Assembly may be starting to take a toll on the Republican Party’s chances of ousting freshman Sen. Kay Hagan next fall. Last month, she led eight Republicans tested against her by margins of only four to nine points. In this month’s poll, that has shot up an average of six points.

Nearly half of NC citizens say the General Assembly is a national embarrassment

From Under the Dome.

One of the more intriguing poll numbers in the latest monthly Public Policy Polling survey due out later today: 45 percent. That's the portion of voters who believe the N.C. General Assembly is causing the state "national embarrassment."

Bound to be good for business, right?

General Election polling results

Public Policy Polling of Raleigh: Oct. 16

PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Pat McCrory's lead in the Governor's race holding steady. He's at 47% to 37% for Walter Dalton with Libertarian Barbara Howe at 5%. Those numbers are exactly identical to what they were two weeks ago.

McCrory continues to be the most popular politician in the state, with a 47/31 favorability rating. Those numbers are far better than the sitting Governor or either Senator has. McCrory leads by a greater than 2:1 margin among independents, 52-25. He's also taking 18% of the Democratic vote from Dalton while losing just 7% of Republicans.

Dear Charlotte

I was amused to discover in your newspaper today that most people in North Carolina don't hate you. According to a new poll, only two out of every ten people in our state think you suck, whereas six out of ten have a more favorable impression. The others don't seem to care about you one way or the other. You can put me in the latter camp.

That said, the reporter who wrote the story about the poll got a little frisky with his fantasies, adding a personal comment about your mayors.

New poll: Strong majority oppose erosion of environmental protections

Just in case the GOP legislators were "tuning out" all those folks who spoke their minds during recent regulatory meetings:

An overwhelming 83 percent of voters agreed that "protecting North Carolina's air and water is important to attracting good jobs to the state." A majority of voters, 54 percent, supported keeping the existing sales tax as a way to avoid the deepest cuts in parks and open space funding. About half the respondents, 48 percent, said they would support raising permit fees on polluters to help balance the state budget.

Here's a link to the PPP Poll in question.

Purple news

Scholars across America who study the news industry won't be surprised by the resurgence of partisan news preferences reported today by Public Policy Polling. The ironic headline, "Fox leads in trust," brings into full view the elasticity of truth, as well as the high cost of poor education.

Betts on Deluca

In an otherwise interesting column today about North Carolina's US Senate race, Jack Betts writes:

But Francis De Luca of the Civitas Institute, more aligned with Republicans, noted recently that his polls show Burr consistently maintaining a lead "outside the margin of error against any of the announced candidates."

PPP: Chapel Hill mayoral race too close to call

GOTV efforts are especially critical tomorrow for Chapel Hill's mayoral candidates. Mark Kleinschmidt trails Matt Czaikowski by one point. Tom Jensen does note that the polling does not include cell phone only users which means a lot of students aren't being polled. For full results go to PPP's blog.

There's still time to knock on doors and make phone calls and volunteer to greet voters at the polls for Mark. I'm sure Jake will be here momentarily to provide us with all the particulars.

Richard Burr struggling with irrelevance

Senator Richard Burr appears to be struggling with the polls that keep returning the news that most North Carolinians don't know who the heck he is. A United States Senator and he might as well be their UPS delivery person.

His poll numbers would probably be higher.

A few weeks ago, Burr responded to the early polling results:

"I think it's ridiculous to go through hypothetical head-to-heads," Burr said.

"The next election is not even something I'm thinking about. Nor should I, until I know who I'm running against," he said.

Burr said he hasn't run any of his own polls yet.

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