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Poll: Dole, Hagan in virtual tie in Senate race

Posted May 11, 2008
Updated May 12, 2008

— State Sen. Kay Hagan begins the general election campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole's seat virtually tied with the incumbent, according to the latest WRAL News poll.

Hagan, a Democrat from Greensboro, drew support of 48 percent of the 500 likely voters surveyed, and Dole, a Republican, garnered 47 percent.

A month ago, Dole led Hagan by 13 points in a hypothetical match up.

Voters reported they had good impressions of both candidates: Dole had a 56-percent and Hagan, a 53-percent favorable rating.

The difference in both measures is within the polls +/- 4 percentage points margin of error.

Dole appeared to be strongest on the immigration issue, while Hagan scored well with survey participants on the economy and war in Iraq.

Eighty-five percent of those who identified immigration as the most important issue said they would vote for Dole. Fifty-nine percent of those who picked the economy and 56 percent of those who chose the war in Iraq indicated support for Hagan.

Likely voters were asked to identify what they thought was the most important issue among those three.

The two female candidates split the women's vote, with Hagan claiming 48 percent and Dole 45 percent. Hagan led among voters under 50, while Dole leads among older voters.

Both candidates drew the overwhelming support of voters from their respective parties, but Dole led by nine points among unaffiliated voters.

Rasmussen Reports conducted the poll for WRAL News. Pollsters surveyed 500 likely voters by phone on May 8.


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  • davidgnews May 12, 2008

    Nospin - if you're that certain, you should provide some legitimate cites to prove your point. Otherwise, you're just running on (typical) fumes and showing your own ignorant political bias, but we knew that already.

  • whatusay May 12, 2008

    Dole is weak on illegal immigration. She wants to secure the borders "first", and deport only criminals - when caught. This is the same as being for amnesty. Securing the border first will no nothing about the 20 million illegals already in this country.

  • Libandproud May 12, 2008

    myview: sorry to be late responding, I was away from my desk for a few hours. You seem to question my grasp of the English language and my understanding of the word "Fascism", yet the Webster's definition that YOU refer to is a pretty spot-on description of the Bush years. If the neocons on these posts insist on throwing about words like Socialist to describe Democrats they need to be thick-skinned enough to accept the comeback, however weak you may think it is.

  • freddie cadetti 72 May 12, 2008

    Where has Dole (and Burr) been all these years, you ask? Traveling the state giving away millions of dollars in rural development money, that's where. I have personally been to several locations (Johnston County, Asheville area, Williamston area, etc) where the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, rural development, with the assistance of both N.C. Senators has given monies to small communitite for fire departments, theatres, businesses, research labratories, shopping centers, and so on.

    To even suggest they aren't in touch with NC shows your ignorance and political bias. And to also suggest Kay Hagan is running even with Dole is nothing short of Hagan riding the Obama coattails. Think for yourself, people. Quit having "dreams" and "hope" and start having GOALS!

  • Tarheel_For_Life May 12, 2008

    myview- is my Hero... I couldn't have said it better myself.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 12, 2008

    I agree, Dole just hasn't been around. My impression is she moved here to get a Senate seat so she could serve the national republican party. I'm sure we will see more of her in the coming months, but I won't be fooled.

  • colliedave May 12, 2008

    Given the lack of leadership and vision from the leaders of the Republican party, it will be difficult to elect a Repub to any office, even that of dogcatcher.

  • scot30 May 12, 2008

    Get rid of Dole. She conveniently "moved" back to NC after not living here for almost 30 years only because Jesse Helms' seat became available. She never had any interest in doing anything for NC. She was/is only interested in staying in politics and furthering along her career. She's done absolutely nothing for NC and most likely never will.

  • Snakebite Survivor May 12, 2008

    It's time we had a senator in Washington to represent North Carolina. Richard Burr is pretty much a nonentity (I just checked his web site and his top priority seems to be the silly gas tax holiday pandering). Where has Liddy Dole been for the last six years? No doubt she'll start paying attention to NC for the next 6 months, until the election is over.....

  • myview May 12, 2008

    Libandproud - Obviously you don't have a real understanding of the term 'Fascism' to just throw it around so loosely to try to make a weak comeback. Accordig to Webster, fascism is "a system of government characterized by dictatorship (which our type of government cannot function as, because there are many checks and balances, such as when opposing parties control the Congress), belligerent nationalism and racism (if you call patriotism nationalism, then you have a problem, and he hasn't shown racism - as a matter of fact, the pastor that performed daughter Jenna's wedding was African-American. We hear more racism out of some black leaders' and pastors' mouths than his), glorification of war, etc. (and I don't know of ANYBODY from either party that is glorifying this war. After 9-11, people who are in business to bring down America became self-inflicted targets - the dictatorship in Iraq was one, along with the Afghanistan issues, among others). Be careful how you throw words around.