With Republican Scott Brown formally in the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, a new poll released late Thursday shows Shaheen leading Brown by 8 percentage points.
The poll by Public Policy Polling for the League of Conservation Voters showed Shaheen leading Brown, 49 to 41 percent with 10 percent undecided.
The survey was conducted April 7-8 and polled 1,034 New Hampshire voters.
A separate poll released Thursday night by the Unversity of New Hampshire Survey Center for WMUR television showed Shaheen leading Brown 45 to 39 percent with 14 percent undecided.
In the Public Policy Poll, voters were split on Shaheen’s job performance, with 47 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.
Brown was “under water” in favorability, with 35 percent viewing him favorably and 49 percent unfavorably.
Also 61 percent of those polled said they woujld be less likely to vote for a candidate who had voted to “provide billions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies,” while 10 percent said it would make them more likely and 25 percent said it would make no difference. This is one of the lines of attack the Shaheen campaign and her supporter have been making against Brown.
Brown’s first ad of the campaign was released this morning. The 30-second ad is positive, entitled “Listening and Learning.”