CONCORD — A second poll in a week shows that Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leads Republican former Sen. Scott Brown in a possible U.S. Senate general matchup, but the latest one has the margin a bit tighter.
A new NBC/Marist poll conducted July 7 to 13 that included 1,342 registered voters had Shaheen leading Brown 50 to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 2.7 percent.
Women strongly preferred Shaheen over Brown, 59 to 34 percent.
Last week’s WMUR Granite State Poll showed Shaheen leading Brown, 50 to 38 percent.
In the NBC/Marist poll, 52 percent of those polled viewed Shaheen favorably, while 39 percent viewed her unfavorably. Brown was viewed favorably by 40 percent, while 39 percent viewed him unfavorably.
Brown held a commanding lead in the GOP primary breakdown, winning the support of 61 percent of 556 likely Republican primary voters surveyed, compared to 16 percent for former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and 10 percent for former state Sen. Jim Rubens.
Shaheen’s favorablility rating was strong despite the fact that President Barack Obama’s continues to be weak in New Hampshire.
Only 39 percent of the Granite Staters polled approved of the job he is doing as President, while 54 percent disapproved.
Gov. Maggie Hassan’s job performance was approved by 55 percent of those polled, while 30 percent disapproved.
On key issues, 52 percent said the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea, while 35 percent said it is a good idea. Also 53 percent said they approved of a proposal that would require companies to reduce greenhouse gases that could cause global warming, even it it would mean higher utility bills for consumers; while 40 percent disapproved.
Opinion was split over a so-called “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants, with 50 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.