Elon Poll: Voters down on Hagan, McCrory

Posted May 1, 2014

— 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. 


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  • iron fist May 5, 2014

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    Wish those running for office would pay attention.

  • Richard Eskridge May 5, 2014
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    Geez. Nobody likes anybody. Everybody is either an extreme liberal or an extreme conservative. And none of it makes any sense.

  • Charlie Watkins May 5, 2014
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    Marching the Mexicans back to Mexico is a favorite of the extreme right wing nutcases. However, it is backfiring on them. My wife has dark hair and has quit going to the tanning salon because she is afraid she will be deported even though she was born in Greene County, NC. Tanning salons across the state are in an uproar over the threat of massive deportations. It is hurting their business.

  • BigBrokeBill May 5, 2014

    Does anyone see a pattern to this? Lie to get elected; lie, deny, and deflect to stay in office until the problems become too obvious; then leave such a mess that the opponent looks bad no matter what they do; lie to get elected ...

  • winemaker81 May 5, 2014

    I'm not thrilled with any of the candidates, in either party. We keep voting for what we think is the lesser evil, and that choice keeps getting harder and harder to distinguish.

    The Democrats frogged things up for decades, and when the Republicans get in? They decide they have a complete mandate and plow ahead with their own personal agendas.

    Does anyone who isn't an extreme liberal or conservative feel that anyone in office supports the people?

  • NYtoNC81 May 5, 2014

    Tillis is the only one with a realistic chance to win. The others are too busy playing a game of "throw the immigrants in a pen." I swear I've seen more ads aimed at corralling Mexicans than any of the issues that are actually important in this area.

  • goldenosprey May 5, 2014

    To all the critics who insist that, oh my, Hagan voted with the president 94 or 97 or whatever made up percentage you randomly type. ( Obama hasn't voted in the Senate chamber for a number of years)

    What is so great about Tillis, who votes roughly 100% of the time how ALEC tells him to? Kay Hagan has clashed with the president on a number of things including Iran and the Keystone XL pipeline, in the direction of republicans. If I were a republican and had such a weak field of candidates as you have with your gathering of right wing conspiracy theorists, theocrats and ALEC/Rove/Koch yes-man Tillis, I would be preparing more another 6 years of moderate leadership from Senator Hagan.

  • PanthersFan45 May 5, 2014

    "45 percent of respondents who disapproved of Hagan were asked why, her support for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare"

    Speaks volumes ........ there's a reason Hagen avoids photo-ops with Obama whenever he is here in the Tar Heel state. Tillis and the Republican field are weak IMHO, but they don't need to be strong candidates to defeat Hagen. Be something if the GOP holds both senate seats, most of the congressional seats in this state. Not to mention they control every branch of state government. Never saw this coming, but maybe voters here are tired of the left.

  • bmac813 May 5, 2014

    A PERSON, If you think that is Bad, How about 45% still think Obama is doing a Good Job.
    STEVEN, No One is That Bad. Hagan is a Waste.
    I will bet any Money on Election Week, The N&O and WRAL will be pushing Hagan. Got to keep that Liberal Communist Train going.

  • A person May 5, 2014

    Hagan would be better off just sitting this one out.