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.
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PPP surveyed 1,076 registered voters from June 12 to June 15.