By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD – A new poll Tuesday shows Gov. Maggie Hassan strongly ahead of both potential Republican challengers, while Republican voters are largely undecided on who they want to run against Hassan in the fall general election campaign.
The poll of 707 registered Granite State voters taken May 14-15 by Vox Populi Polling, a new Republican polling firm of Washington, D.C., shows Hassan leading Republican retired businessman Walt Havenstein, 43 to 30 percent, with 23 percent undecided. She leads Republican businessman Andrew Hemingway, 42 to 31 percent, with 22 percent undecided.
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.
NHJournal.com obtained today’s polling results exclusively.
Fifty-one percent of those polled said they are likely to vote in the Republican primary in September.
Among that group, 73 percent were undecided between Havenstein and Hemingway, while 12 percent said they would vote for Havenstein and 12 percent said they would vote for Hemingway.
The margin of error for the Republican primary poll is 5.2 percent.
Overall, Vox Populi said, 534 interviews were conducted using automated telephone calls and 173 were conducted using “mobile-based survey technology.”
Of those polled, 47 percent said they considered themselves independents, 27 percent said they considered themselves Republican and 26 percent said they considered themselves Democrats.
The full sampling was split 52 percent women and 48 percent men, and 46 percent were between the ages of 46 and 65, while 22 percent were between 30 and 45; 16 percent were between 18 and 29 and 16 percent were older than 65.
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, 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.