Raleigh, N.C. -- The latest PPP poll shows incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan growing a lead over Republican State House Speaker Thom Tillis. Hagan leads Tillis 41/34 with Libertarian Sean Haugh receiving 8% of the vote and 16% of voters still undecided. The gap between Hagan and Tillis is even wider among women where Hagan leads Tillis 44/27.
Tillis is forced to contend with incredibly low approval numbers; both personally and in terms of the statewide perception of the legislature. Tillis has a 24% favorability rating compared to 47% unfavorable. The Legislature has a 19% approval rating and a 57% disapproval rating; even among Republican voters the Legislature faces a 44% disapproval while only 31% of Republicans approve of the Legislature. In addition, statewide Republicans within the Legislature have a 31% favorability rating to 52% unfavorable.
Hagan herself is facing an uphill battle in terms of approval, 40% of statewide voters approve of Hagan’s job performance to 50% who disapprove. Hagan has a stronger base than Tillis does. Hagan’s approval among Democrats is at 66% while Tillis’ favorability among Republicans is only 39%.