Local Politics

Poll: Dole opens lead on Hagan

Posted June 12, 2008

— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole has opened a sizable lead over Democratic challenger Kay Hagan, according to a new WRAL News poll.

In the days after North Carolina's May 6 primary, a poll showed Dole and Hagan, a state senator from Guilford County, were in a dead heat in their U.S. Senate race.

But a survey of 500 likely voters on Tuesday by polling firm Rasmussen Reports shows Dole with a 53 to 39 percent lead over Hagan. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Dole leads among both men and women, in all age groups, almost all income brackets and among married voters, according to the poll. Hagan's only strengths were among unmarried people, those who don't go to church and those earning $20,000 to $40,000 a year.

Forty-five percent of voters polled have a favorable image of Hagan, but another 22 percent were undecided. Dole's favorable rating was at 62 percent in the poll.

Seventy percent of those surveyed also support drilling for oil off the Outer Banks, a position Dole has supported.


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  • The Fox Jun 13, 2008

    Libs always have to add the personal insult.

  • davidgnews Jun 12, 2008

    Not that Hagen has a big clue, but at least she knows what it's like to live here. Sure can't say that about Dole, she's been AWOL on this state except for a few token measures that didn't put her out of her way.

    It's amazing what you can do when you have a bunch of angry-looking sheriffs doing your talking for you, when actually NOTHING is going on or being said.

    Cute. Another face-lift, please.