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EMILYs List Poll: Cheri Beasley Leads in North Carolina, Jeff Jackson Path Unclear

September 7, 2021

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2021

EMILY's List Poll: Cheri Beasley Leads in North Carolina, Jeff Jackson Path Unclear

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released an internal poll of the primary election in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.
EMILYs List candidate Cheri Beasley leads state Sen. Jeff Jackson 33 to 24 in a head-to-head test. Likely Democratic primary voters are much more persuaded by Cheri’s biography and message, and after hearing about both candidates she grows her lead to 30 points, 53 to 23.
Katherine Patterson of Public Policy Polling also notes that: 

Cheri enjoys a net favorability of +30 points (36-6)
As voters hear more about the candidates, fewer report being undecided.

73% of primary voters say they are more likely to support Cheri after hearing about her background as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and that she is running to protect voting rights, raise the minimum wage, and make health care more affordable.
37% say they are more likely to support Jackson after hearing about his background as a veteran, former assistant district attorney, and captain in the National Guard, and that he advocates for honesty and decency even if voters can’t agree on issues.

After hearing more about each candidate’s background and beliefs, Cheri Beasley leads Jeff Jackson by a 30-point margin (53-23), with just 23% still undecided.

The full memo is available here.

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