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ECU poll: Top election issues are economy, abortion, and inflation; Budd leads Beasley by 6 points

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The latest East Carolina University Poll of the U.S. Senate election in North Carolina shows Republican Ted Budd leading Democrat Cheri Beasley, 52% to 46%, among likely voters.

Just 1% said they are undecided and the remaining 1% said they supported some other candidate.

When asked what the most important issue was in determining their vote in the NC Senate election, 39% said the economy, 18% said abortion, and 15% mentioned inflation.

Other issues, like the January 6th investigation, border security, crime and gun policy lagged far behind.

In addition to the Senate race, people were asked how they plan to vote in their U.S. congressional district races. The poll’s results show that 51% of likely voters say they intend to vote for the Republican candidate while 46% say they will vote for the Democratic candidate.

The 5-point Republican advantage in North Carolina is higher than the national average, which currently shows a 3-point advantage.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.