Of all the numbers released Monday in another new U.S. Senate race poll, the gap between men and women is the most striking: a 19 percent difference in point of view.
Fifty-two percent of women respondents favor Sen. Kay Hagan, contrasted with 33 percent for Thom Tillis, the Elon Poll reports. Half of the men surveyed support Tillis, while only 38 percent back Hagan.
“National polls have suggested the gender gap in voting is narrowing,” Jason Husser, an assistant professor and assistant director of the Elon University survey, said in a news release. “That isn’t the case in North Carolina.”
The Democratic incumbent Hagan has 85 percent of the African-American likely voters. Fifty-one percent of white respondents support Republican Tillis.
Overall, the poll found just a slight edge for Hagan, giving her a four-point lead, which is within the margin of error. Nine percent of likely voters said they plan to support another candidate besides those two, and 5 percent said they don’t yet know how they will vote.
Other recent polls have given Hagan a lead ranging from 3 to 9 percentage points.
The poll was taken by landline and cell phone of 1,078 residents — 629 were identified as likely voters — Sept. 5 to 9. It has a margin of error of 3.91 percentage points for likely voters.