U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis are still neck and neck in the U.S. Senate race, but a new poll by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released Tuesday shows Hagan leading by 5 points, her biggest advantage since September. Hagan had 39 percent while Tillis had 34 percent and Libertarian Sean Haugh had 11 percent. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Most recent polls have shown the race as a tossup.
The poll found 18 percent of voters approve of the job the N.C. General Assembly is doing, while 54 percent disapprove.
Tillis, the Republican House Speaker, had a favorability rating of 23 percent, while 45 percent of voters rated him unfavorably.
The approval ratings for Hagan, the Democratic incumbent, are low, too: 42 percent of voters approve, and 46 percent disapprove.
On other issues in the state:• The poll asked what the best way was to give raises to teachers: 12 percent said eliminate teaching assistants as the Senate budget proposes, 19 percent said sell more lottery tickets as the House proposes, and 55 percent said raise taxes on people who earn more than $250,000 a year (and 14 percent said they didn’t know).
• The state’s new fracking law, which ended a moratorium and cleared the way for issuing permits 61 days after safety rules are adopted, got the support of 29 percent of voters, while 38 percent were opposed.
• President Barack Obama’s proposed rule that would make existing power plants cut carbon pollution by up to 30 percent, was favored by 58 percent while 23 percent opposed.
PPP surveyed 1,076 registered voters from June 12 to June 15.