A new NBC/Marist poll of Granite State residents and likely voters shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush barely leading a tightly packed potential Republican presidential field in the first-primary state, while Democrat Hillary Clinton leads her nearest potential primary competitor by more than a five-to-one margin.
NBC/Marist polled 887 registered voters from Feb. 3 to 10 via landlines. On the Republican side, with 381 likely voters were surveyed, Bush led Scott Walker 18 to 15 percent, with Rand Paul at 14 percent, Chris Christie at 13 percent, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson at 7 percent each, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio at 6 percent each and Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum at 1 percent each; 13 percent were undecided.
The margin of error for the GOP survey was 5 percent, essentially meaning that Bush, Walker, Paul and Christie are in virtual a dead heat among likely GOP primary voters in the state.
Clinton led Bernie Sanders 69 to 13 percent, with Vice President Joe Biden at 8 percent, Jim Webb at 2 percent and Martin O’Malley at less than 1 percent, with 7 percent undecided.
In potential general election matchup, Clinton leads the two top Republicans in New Hampshire, but they were within striking distance. The survey shows Clinton leading Bush, 48 to 42 percent; and Clinton leading Walker, 49 to 42 percent. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.
The poll also shows that job creation/economic growth is by far the top issue of concern among Granite Staters, followed by the deficit and government spending, health care, with military action against ISIS ranking fourth and income equality ranking fifth.
The poll also gauges Granite Staters’ views on key issues.