DURHAM — Second district U.S. Rep. Anne Kuster is currently in the strongest position among all candidates running for the U.S. House from New Hampshire in 2014, a new poll shows.
The WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from June 19 to July 1 showed Democrat Kuster leading Republican candidates Marilinda Garcia, Gary Lambert and Jim Lawrence in separate head-to-head matchups.
The numbers showed Kuster with 45 percent to 36 percent for Lambert; Kuster leading Garcia 49 to to 35 percent, and Kuster leading Lawrence, 47 to 35 percent.
Democratic 1st District U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is slightly behind Republican former Rep. Frank Guinta, but the race is within the margin of error. Guinta leads Shea-Porter 46 to 43 percent, while Shea-Porter leads political newcomer and former UNH business school dean Dan Innis, 45 to 38 percent.
The poll included 342 randomly selected adults in the 1st District and 347 in the 2nd District. The margins of error were 5.3 percent and 5.4 percent respectively.
Kuster, despite leading all rivals, is viewed favorably by 34 percent of 2nd District adults and unfavorably by 28 percent, while 31 percent did not know enough about her to say.
All three GOP candidates are virtually unknown to between 83 percent (Garcia) and 89 percent (Lawrence) of those polled. Lambert was unknown to 86 percent.
Shea-Porter is viewed favorably by 43 percent of the adults in the 1st District and unfavorably by 31 percent, while 21 percent did not know enough about her to say.
Guinta is viewed favorably by 32 percent, unfavorably by 27 percent, while 33 percent did not know enough about him to say.
Innis is viewed favorably by 11 percent, unfavorably by 3 percent, while 83 percent did not know enough about him to say.