Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are still neck and neck, but Hagan’s lead has increased by 3 points in the last month due in part to continued voter dissatisfaction with the General Assembly.
Hagan currently leads with 39% of the vote to Tillis’ 34%. In May, PPP found Hagan barely ahead with 38% and Tillis at 36%. Third-party candidate Sean Haugh picks up the same 11% from one month ago. Hagan leads among independents with 31% of the vote, compared to 25% for Tillis and 19% for Haugh. Among every age group except 18 to 29 year olds, Hagan leads Tillis by two points. However, Hagan leads among young voters by a 25-point margin, at 46% to 21%.
One factor contributing to Hagan’s increased lead against Tillis is voters’ negative view of the General Assembly. Only 18% approve of the job the General Assembly is doing, with 54% disapproving. This disapproval partially reflects unhappiness with the recent fracking bill passed by the legislature, as 29% support the measure while 38% oppose it.