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.
None of Hagan’s improvement seems to be about her personally. The Democrat continues to have about a break-even approval margin, with 43% approving and 45% disapproving of her job performance, not much different from the 41-42 measured in June. But she has 49% of the vote in all eight matchups, topping Phil Berger and Greg Brannon each by 10 points (39%), Thom Tillis by 11 (38%), Virginia Foxx by 12 (37%), Renee Ellmers and Jim Cain by 13 (36%), Mark Harris by 14 (35%), and Lynn Wheeler by 15 (34%). In the previous poll, she led Berger by only four points and Tillis by five.