NC Rep. Ted Budd leads opponent Dem by 5 points in Senate race

Representative Ted Budd (R-NC), the Republican candidate for the US Senate in North Carolina, is nearly five percentage points clear of his general election opponent, Democratic candidate Cheri Beasley, according to a Cygnal poll released today. by the John Locke Foundation Thursday.

The poll asked voters: “If the general election for the US Senate was today and you had to make a choice, who would you vote for?”

Of those surveyed, 45% selected Budd, who was supported by President Donald Trump in the primaries, while Beasley, the former Chief Justice of North Carolina, got 40.3% of the response. Green Party candidate Matthew Hoh and Libertarian candidate Shannon Bray each had less than three percent, and eleven percent were undecided.

Budd did very well in his primary race last month, securing nearly 60 percent of the vote and defeating a packed field of opponents.

Survey participants were also asked to categorize how “severe of a problem is US inflation?”

A whopping 88.4% of respondents said it was a “major issue”, while 8.7% said it was a “minor issue” and only 0.9% said it was not “a problem”.

Of those surveyed, 76.1 percent said they are having a “hard” time buying gasoline, while 12.4 percent said they are having a “neither easy nor difficult” time paying at the pump, and just 11.1 percent percent said they are easily paying for gas.

The survey also asked respondents about how much responsibility President Joe Biden carries “for the historically high inflation rate in the US?”

A large proportion of respondents (41.1%) said Biden is entirely responsible for inflation, while another 36.6% believe he is somewhat responsible. Only 19.5 percent said he was in no way responsible, and another 2.8 percent were undecided.

The Civitas poll, conducted by Cygnal for the John Locke Foundation, evaluated 600 likely North Carolina general election voters between June 17 and 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.95 percentage points. Interviews were conducted via SMS and live phone calls, and 33.2% of respondents said they were registered as Republicans. In comparison, 33.4% said they were registered Democrats and 30% reported being independents.

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