Elon Poll in the news

Links to coverage of today’s poll release.

Burlington Times-News — “The Elon University poll has found Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan leading Republican challenger Thom Tillis, speaker of the N.C. House, 45 to 41 percent among likely voters, though the lead is close to the poll’s margin of error.”

Burlington did a second article about all of the other issues in the poll. “Elections are not just about candidates; they are about issues,” said Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll. Fernandez said supporters of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis “are deeply divided over a number of issues, including education, voter identification, abortion, Obamacare and foreign policy. Voter turnout in November is going to be driven by these issues.”

Time Warner News — “When it comes to winning one key demographic in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, political observers say women are essential. ‘You start to see in the recent decades that women are turning out at higher rates than men,’ said Kenneth Fernandez with Elon University. ‘So they are a larger portion of the electorate.’”

Greensboro News & Record — “Sen. Kay Hagan has a four-point lead over state Rep. Thom Tillis in the race for Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat.”

High Point Enterprise — “Two polls released Monday show that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan leads Republican challenger Thom Tillis, with High Point University’s first poll on the race set to be released early next week.”

USA Today — “In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan has about a 4-point lead among likely voters over challenger Thom Tillis in a new Elon University poll. That’s within the survey’s margin of error. But Hagan has a 52%-33% lead over Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House, among women while Tillis has a 12-point advantage among men.”

Raleigh News & Observer — “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.”

WRAL — “The Elon poll gives Tillis a 50 to 38 percent advantage among male voters, while Hagan leads 52 to 33 percent among female voters. ‘National polls have suggested the gender gap in voting is narrowing,’ Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement. ‘That isn’t the case in North Carolina.'”

WTVD — “Gender politics is front and center in the senate race between Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis. A new Elon poll shows Hagan holding a small lead over Tillis (45-41). However, the poll also finds Hagan pulling 52-percent of the female vote, a 19 point advantage among likely women voters.”

The Associated Press — “A survey of North Carolina likely voters shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan holding a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis roughly two months from Election Day.”

Reuters —  “U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is leading her Republican challenger among likely voters in North Carolina, two polls showed on Monday, the latest shift in a race that could help decide which party controls the chamber.” (Same story in Huffington Post.)

Fox — “With 50 days until Election Day, Speaker of the North Carolina House Thom Tillis is playing catchup to incumbent Senator Kay Hagan.”

WUNC — “A poll released by Elon University gives Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan a four-point lead over her Republican challenger, state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis.”

Charlotte Business Journal — “A newly released Elon University Poll found McCrory recovering confidence among voters. His approval rating improved to 41 percent, up from 35 percent in April. Results come from a survey of 1,100 residents Sept. 5-9, with a plus-or-minus margin of 3 percentage points. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan leads House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) by four points, 45 to 41, in the same poll.”

Roll Call — “Republicans must pick up a net of six seats to gain control of the Senate, and the Tar Heel Senate race is one of their top targets in the midterms. Hagan has held a narrow edge in most polls over the past two months.”

WFAE — “Just recently, an Elon University Poll found that Hagan was pulling 52 percent of the female vote, while Tillis was pulling 50 percent of the male vote. Another poll byAmerican Insights had Hagan winning both gender blocks, albeit by larger numbers among women (plus 13 percent, 44-31) than men (plus 4, or 41-37). ”

LGBTQNation — “A new poll shows support for LGBT marriage equality rising in North Carolina, a little more than two years after the state passed its anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they didn’t know or had no opinion.”

The Washington Times — “Two new polls show incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina with an edge over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in a race that will play a crucial role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate after November.”

Charlotte Observer

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