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October 16, 2013

Poll suggests shutdown may hurt GOP efforts to win Senate

PPP poll says there is voter anger at shutdown in six states that are key to determining which party will control the US Senate.

Voters in six states with key races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate next year, are very unhappy about the government shutdown, according to a new poll.

The survey, which included North Carolina, suggests that the shutdown will make it more difficult for Republicans to regain control of the Senate. The survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm in Raleigh tested voter sentiment in North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana, Iowa and Arkansas.

In North Carolina, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan leads a generic Republican by a 47-42 percent margin. Voters oppose a government shutdown by a 63-29 percent margin and when they’re informed that Hagan opposes a government shutdown her lead over a generic opponent increases to a 49-41 percent margin.

However, voters did not say they were more likely to vote for Hagan knowing she was against the shutdown.

Tar Heel voters also had an unfavorable view of the tea party, with 35 percent viewing it favorably, 49 percent viewing it unfavorably, and 16 percent not sure.

The poll was conducted Oct. 14 and 15 on behalf of Americans United for Change, an advocacy group that pushes for keeping Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs. The North Carolina portion of the poll interviewed 837 voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.

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