- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A new poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, virtually tied with potential Republican challengers in her 2014 re-election bid and her disapproval ratings spiking over the last few months.

Ms. Hagan holds statistically insignificant leads over Republicans Heather Grant, Thom Tillis, and Mark Harris and trails Greg Bannon by one point, 44 percent to 43 percent — also within the Public Policy Polling survey’s 3.7-point margin of error.

Ms. Hagan had a 43 percent/39 percent approval/disapproval rating split in September — which has turned underwater to 44 percent approval rating and a 49 percent disapproval rating now. President Obama’s approval/disapproval numbers in the state have seen a similar trend; he was at 48/49 in September and is now at a 43/53 split.

By a nearly three-to-one margin, voters say the rollout of Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul has been unsuccessful thus far, with 49 percent deeming it “very unsuccessful.”

Ms. Hagan has responded, calling on federal inspectors to investigate the “unacceptable” rollout of the federal Obamacare website to examine what went wrong, who was at fault and how much it is costing to fix the mess.

She is circulating a draft letter to Gene Dodaro, comptroller general at the Government Accountability Office, and Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, that gets tough on the flawed debut of HealthCare.gov.

She said million of Americans “eagerly awaited” the online portal’s Oct. 1 launch, hoping to gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“Unfortunately, the site crashed early that morning after receiving just a thousand visitors,” she said in the letter. “More than a month later, too many visitors still find the site unusable. At every step of the user experience, site errors have prevented people from effectively shopping and enrolling in plans.”

The automated telephone survey of 701 North Carolina voters was conducted from Nov. 8-11. Forty-five percent of respondents self-identified as Democrats, 33 percent said they were Republicans, and 21 percent said “independent/other.”