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Hagan’s popularity declines, but she still would beat Republicans

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s approval rating has dropped, according to a new poll.

Hagan has an approval rating of 36 percent, with 41 percent of voters disapproving of the job she is doing, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. Another 23 percent were not sure.

That is down from last month, when her approval rating was at 43 percent, her disapproval rating was 39 percent and 18 percent were not sure.

Hagan still leads her prospective Republican opponents. She would defeat House Speaker Tom Tillis by a 47-40 percent margin, Charlotte pastor Mark Harris by a 46-38 percent margin, and Cary physician Greg Brannon by a 46-40 percent margin.

The drop in her approval rating comes at a time when the public is angry at Congress over the shut down of the federal government. Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s approval rating is 28 percent and his disapproval rating is 45 percent.

The poll of 746 North Carolina voters was conducted Oct. 4-6.