By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD – The latest of many polls of the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen with a strong, 12 percentage point lead over would-be Republican general election opponent former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
The poll of 707 likely Granite State voters taken May 14-15 by Vox Populi Polling, a new Republican polling firm of Washington, D.C. , shows Democrat Shaheen leading Brown 47 to 35 percent with 13 percent undecided.
Shaheen has led in all polling of the U.S. Senate race so far, although in some polls Brown has been closer. In others, like this one, she has held strong leads.
The sampling of this latest poll was 47 percent independents, 27 percent Republicans and 26 percent Democrats, and the margin of error was 3.6 percent, the Vox Populi said.
Former Sen. Bob Smith actually finishes a bit closer to Shaheen than Brown. Shaheen lead Smith 45 to 34 percent with 16 percent undecided.
But in a GOP primary poll, Brown was far ahead of the field, leading Smith 38 to 13 percent, with former state Sen. Jim Rubens at 9 percent, conservative activist Karen Testerman 8 percent and 28 percent undecided.
About half of those polled said they planned to vote in the GOP Senate primary, and the margin of error for that sample of approximately 360 likely voters was 5.2 percent.
Vox Populi Polling was launched about a month ago. It is headed by a team including Mary Cheney, a political strategist and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Also involved as partners are Americans for Job Security issues group president Stephen DeMaura, a who was the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee in 2007 and early 2008; GOP operative Barry Bennett; Frank Sadler of Cove Strategies, and Alicia Downs and Brent Seaborn of TargetPoint Consulting.
The firm said 534 interviews for the Senate poll were completed using automated telephone technology and 173 were conducted using mobile based survey technology.