Friday, June 18, 2010

Hagan seeing uptick in approval numbers

The North Carolina politician who's seen the best improvement in their approval numbers since the start of the year, albeit quietly, has been Kay Hagan. Her numbers still leave something to be desired with 34% of voters giving her good marks to 39% who disapprove. But that represents a significant improvement from where she was in January when just 29% of voters said they approved of her with 42% disapproving.

Her most dramatic improvement has come with independents, whose negative feelings seem to have softened a little bit with the health care issue in the rear view mirror. Earlier this year Hagan saw a -27 approval spread with them at 21/48 but she's improved 15 points on that front to -12 at 27/39. She's also seeing an increase in popularity with her base, from 49% approval with Democrats earlier this year to now 56%.

At the start of 2010 there was a 16 point gap in the approval spreads of Hagan and Richard Burr, with her at -13 and him at 3. Now there's just a 3 point gap with Hagan's at -5 and Burr's at -2.

The main reason Hagan's numbers continue to be in overall negative territory is that Republicans are more strong in their disapproval (72%) of her than Democrats are in their favor (56%). That's mostly because 29% of Democrats haven't yet formed an opinion of Hagan while only 19% of GOP voters reserve judgment.

Hagan has a way to go but unlike most politicians across the country her numbers are at least on an upward trajectory so far in 2010.


Anonymous said...

At least you're back to commentary on your own polls, so kudos to that. But... no non-PPP polls to talk about so you dig up one that you posted ten days ago?

Tom Jensen said...

If you would like PPP to have fresh polls every day you are welcome to pay us to do some.

Anonymous said...

When polling self-described independents, it would be interesting to see the results of "Who did you vote for in 2004, Bush or Kerry?" and "Who did you vote for in 2008, Obama or McCain?" included. People claiming Republican affiliation still seem to be down from where they were in 2006, having shifted to calling themselves 'independents' but still voting like straight-ticket Republicans. This shift seems likely to account for a substantial portion of the 'independent' vote moving against Democrats.

Dustin Ingalls said...

Anonymous, you're very right. We do, however, always ask how people voted in 2008. Not in 2004, though.

Unknown said...

Kay Hagan's most significant contribution so far is making Al Franken look qualified to be a Senator by contrast. Speaking as someone from North Carolina who isn't particularly proud of it.

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