Hagan numbers drag in HPU Poll

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

The latest High Point University Poll offers an alarming set of numbers for first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan as she prepares to run for re-election next year.
Hagan, who’s from Greensboro, has a job approval rating of 32 percent, according to the poll. In addition, most North Carolinians surveyed – 56 percent – say it is time to elect someone else rather than re-elect Hagan. The HPU Poll finds 19 percent of those surveyed say they believe Hagan should be re-elected, with 26 percent expressing no opinion.
Hagan, a former state legislator, upset Republican senator Elizabeth Dole five years ago. During Hagan’s first two terms as a state legislator from 1999-2002, Hagan represented parts of High Point at the N.C. General Assembly. She was integral in creating the High Point Market Authority and securing millions of dollars in state appropriations for the furniture trade show.
A representative for Hagan said the senator isn’t alarmed by the HPU Poll results. Hagan will face re-election next year against a Republican challenger who wins the GOP Senate primary in May 2014.
“Public polling is going to be all over the map between now and next November, but the one consistent thing is Kay’s work on common sense solutions for North Carolina students, seniors and service members,” said Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner.
Another recent poll in North Carolina shows lagging numbers for Hagan, but not as pronounced as the HPU Poll.
The Elon University Poll released last month shows Hagan’s approval rating at 38 percent and her disapproval rating at 35 percent. The remaining North Carolinians polled didn’t approve or disapprove of Hagan’s performance, according to the Elon Poll, which was established 13 years ago.
The HPU Poll also shows continued low approval numbers for Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, though the president’s numbers were slightly better than the last HPU Poll on the topic.
Obama’s approval was 42 percent, up from the 39 percent in a HPU poll released in early September. McCrory’s approval rating was 38 percent, virtually unchanged from the 39 percent level in the previous poll.
Hagan had the most dramatic drop from the previous HPU Poll, when her approval rating was 40 percent.
“Two weeks after our last poll, there is not much positive movement for most of the top elected officials,” said Sadie Leder Elder, associate director of the HPU Poll. “This general discontent with government is similar to negative feelings we have been seeing in how people think about other parts of their lives, as well.”

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