MANCHESTER – Gov. Maggie Hassan holds commanding leads over each of her potential Republican general election rivals, while both are unknown to nearly nine of 10 of Granite State adults, a new poll shows.
Those are the key findings of the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center between June 19 and July 1. The center said it surveyed 669 randomly selected adults, and it said the poll has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.
First-term incumbent Hassan has a 60 percent job approval rating, with only 22 percent disapproving. Her fellow Democrats approve of her job performance by a margin of 79 to 7 percent, independents approve of her job performance 54 to 26 percent, and even Republicans are split with 40 percent approving and 39 percent disapproving.
In hypothetical general election matchups, the governor leads businessman Walt Havenstein 55 to 29 percent with 10 percent undecided, and she leads Andrew Hemingway 54 to 28 percent, with 13 percent undecided.
The poll did not include a GOP primary matchup between Havenstein and Hemingway, but it showed that 88 percent of those polled did not have enough information about Hemingway to say whether they approved or disapproved of him, while 86 percent did not have enough information about Havenstein to give an opinion.
If there is any good for the Republicans, it is that 74 percent of those surveyed said they have yet to make a final decision on the election. Also Republicans have more interest in the election than Democrats, by a margin of 71 to 51 percent.
If that holds, it could mean a Republican edge in turnout.
In other results, 51 percent said they approved of how the New Hampshire Legislature is doing its job, with 29 percent disapproving and 20 percent neutral or don’t’ know enough to say.
Generic ballots for the state House and Senate are split, with Democrats leading in the House 38 to 37 percent and Republcian leading in the Senate, 39 to 37 percent.