Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is not in a particularly strong position as she faces re-election, but that is also true for her potential opponents, according to a new poll.
Hagan has an approval rating of 38 percent and a disapproval rating of 35 percent, with 26 percent not sure, according to a new Elon University Poll.
But then two-thirds of North Carolina voters have never heard of House Speaker Thom Tillis, the best known of her Republican opponents.
Of those who did recognize Tlllis' name, 22 percent had a favorable opinion, 34 percent an unfavorable opinion, and 43 percent don't know. Tillis will obviously have to introduce himself to most voters.
State Senate leader Phil Berger is about in the same boat, with 64 percent not knowing who he is.
Berger, who is weighing to run, has a favorable rating among 20 percent, an unfavorable rating among 29 percent, with 49 percent not knowing.
The survey of 701 registered voters was conducted Sept. 13-16 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.