Elon Poll: Voters down on Hagan, McCrory
Posted May 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — If you've managed to get elected to a public office in North Carolina during the past few years, chances are the voters aren't all that happy with you, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
According to the survey of registered voters, only 35 percent approve of the job the governor is doing, versus 45 percent who disapprove.
The good news for McCrory: his approval number is up 1 percentage point from when the last Elon Poll was conducted in February and he's not running for re-election this year.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat who is running for re-election, has a job performance number likely depressed by a series of negative ads. Only 35 percent of those surveyed approved of her work on Capitol Hill. According the poll, when the 45 percent of respondents who disapproved of Hagan were asked why, her support for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was the most frequent reason given. Worth noting: only 32 percent of respondents said they approved of the job North Carolina's other U.S. Senator, Republican Richard Burr, was doing.
All that said, the poll didn't give Hagan's would-be opponents much to cheer about.
Only 21 percent of those surveyed said they recognized the name Greg Brannon, a Cary doctor, and only 26 percent said they recognized the name Mark Harris, a Charlotte pastor. Brannon and Harris are two of the three leading contenders in the eight-way Republican primary.
Republican front-runner Thom Tillis, the state House Speaker, was recognized by 63 percent of respondents. But only 21 percent of those surveyed said they had a positive impression of Tillis. Just under half, 46 percent, said they had neither a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tillis.
The poll of 672 registered voters was conducted between April 25 and April 28. Its margin of error for most questions was +/- 3.78 percent.