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WRAL News Poll: Dole holds lead in Senate race

Posted July 17, 2008

— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole maintains a solid lead over Democratic challenger Kay Hagan, according to a WRAL News poll released Thursday.

Dole leads Hagan 53 percent to 41 percent among North Carolina voters with definite opinions. Hagan, a state senator from Greensboro, gains two points when “leaners” are included.

The poll has a margin of error +/- 4.5 percentage points.

Dole’s lead is slightly smaller than last month, when she held a 14-point lead. Hagan was able to pull ahead in May after her victory in the Democratic Primary. Dole, however, took a double-digit lead soon after, when her television ad campaigns began airing.

Dole became the first female senator in the state’s history when she was elected in 2002. She serves on three Senate committees, including the Committee on Armed Services.

Hagan, who is also an attorney, is serving her fifth term in the state Senate.

Dole is supported by 88 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats. Hagan is backed by 71 percent of Democrats and 7 percent of Republicans. Dole has the edge among unaffiliated voters – 53 percent to Hagan’s 37 percent.

Dole also leads among men surveyed – 58 percent to 38 percent. Among female voters, Dole is backed by 50 percent to Hagan’s 44 percent.

Among black voters surveyed, 85 percent supported Hagan and 15 percent backed Dole. Sixty-two percent of white voters supported Dole, and 33 percent were for Hagan.

Dole is viewed favorably by 61 percent and unfavorably by 34 percent of voters in the state. Dole’s favorability rating dropped one point from last month. Fifty-two percent of voters found Hagan favorable – a jump from last month’s 45 percent. Thirty-four percent of voters found Hagan unfavorable.

Also in the poll, 38 percent of voters gave Gov. Mike Easley a good or excellent rating. Twenty-three percent said Easley was doing a poor job.

Rasmussen Reports conducted the poll for WRAL News. Pollsters surveyed 500 likely voters by phone on July 15.


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  • davidgnews Jul 18, 2008

    Just cause she hasn't been here, jumping in front of every camera at every chance to pretend she's working, doesn't mean she hasn't been getting things done

    That's exactly what she's doing for her 'campaign.'

  • tmedlin Jul 18, 2008

    ya'll need to educate yourselves! afterall, she's brought additional funding to both the community colleges and university programs, passed environmental legislation, for example, like the mess that happened 30 years ago at LeJeune, she's help get that cleared up, secured funds for waste water treatment facilities down east, spear-headed the 287g program to get rid of illegals, and on and on, Just cause she hasn't been here, jumping in front of every camera at every chance to pretend she's working, doesn't mean she hasn't been getting things done...veterans know the programs she's helped put in place for them, increases in benefits, etc. Just because she hasn't been pandering to those who don't want to work, or who are here illegally doesn't mean she hasn't been effective...she'sponsored and passed more legislation than Obama, and she represents NC a whole lot better than my congressman David Price, who does nothing for the state OR the country!

  • davidgnews Jul 18, 2008

    Her alliances are with the lobbyists in DC, not anyone in this atate.

  • gotitmadecij Jul 18, 2008

    Yall shouldnt be so hard on libby,liddy whatever it is. Its so hard to run a campaign in North Carolina from Kansas

  • 1whocares Jul 18, 2008

    She hasn't done a thing for our state, and only shows her face at election time or when there's the death of Jesse...

  • wildervb Jul 18, 2008

    Has Dole accomplished anything in her first 6 years? Maybe its time for her to retire.

  • shep8851 Jul 18, 2008

    Nothing personal against Mrs. Dole--but after the absolutely abysmal failure of the congress as a whole to take one positive action on behalf of the American people--lowering gas prices, controlling illegal aliens, etc., I'm voting against every single incument (federal level) that I can find. Nothing is going to change unless we change congress.

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 17, 2008

    Liddy needs to always rememebr - she ain't no Jesse Helms. She will win only because many voters would vote for a mummy over the Dem alternative after Easley's shenanigans.

  • davidgnews Jul 17, 2008

    You CAN'T run against anyone that's established, and do it half-heartedly.

  • davidgnews Jul 17, 2008

    What a hollow victory it would be for Dole, who is worthless to this state. The dem's puppet show could have fared better with someone else. Wasn't Hagen reluctant to get into the race before making it official? You can run against anyone that's established, and do it half-heartedly.