New poll shows Budd leading Beasley by 6%

U.S. Senate candidates Cheri Beasley (D) and Ted Budd (R) are shown in this combination photo.

RALEIGH — Republican Ted Budd leads Democrat Cheri Beasley by a 50% to 44% margin according to a new East Carolina University Center of Survey Research poll of North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. That doubles the lead Budd had in a September poll by the university. 

“Budd’s most notable gains have come from women. Beasley currently leads Budd 48% to 46% among women; however, Beasley led 52% to 41% among likely female voters in September,” a summary of the results from the university read. 

The poll also asked how respondents planned to vote in their U.S. congressional district races. The poll’s results show that 49% of likely voters say they intend to vote for the Republican candidate and 44% say they will vote for the Democratic candidate. 

Finally, among likely voters, President Joe Biden’s job approval stood at 38%.