CONCORD – A new poll by the Suffolk University Political Research Center for the Boston Herald shows incumbent Democrats Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan leading their potential Republican rivals.
The poll, conducted June 14 to 18, also showed former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and retired businessman Walt Havenstein leading their more conservative rivals in GOP primaries for the nominations for U.S. Senate and governor.
The research center said its sample breakdown reflected the state’s voters: 39.6 percent independent, 29.8 percent Republican and 28.2 percent Democratic. It said 800 prospective voters were polled for the general election match-ups and questions on key issues, with a margin of error of 3.5 percent, and the sampling for the primary poll was 419, with a margin of error of 4.8 percent.
The poll has Shaheen leading Brown, 49.4 to 39.4 percent with nearly 9 percent undecided. It has Shaheen leading former Sen. Bob Smith, 51 to 31 percent, with 14.25 percent undecided. The poll did not match up Shaheen against former state Sen. Jim Rubens.
Also, Hassan had a strong lead over GOP candidate Havenstein, 50 to 19 percent, with 27.5 percent undecided. She led conservative businessman Andrew Hemingway, 51.4 to 17.1 percent with 29 percent undecided.
In the GOP Senate primary, with a sampling of 419 likely voters, Brown led Smith, 40.3 to 12.2 percent, with 3.6 percent for Rubens, with 38 percent undecided.
The center also polled a long list of potential Republican presidential candidates, finding 11.2 percent for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 11 percent for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, nearly 8 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 7.1 percent for former Utah Jon Huntsman, 4.5 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 4.3 percent for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, while 31 percent were undecided.
Despite the fact that the top Democrats led GOP challengers, 51.5 percent said they disapproved of President Barack Obama’s job performance, while 39.25 percent approved. The Affordable Care Act was rated as “generally good” for New Hampshire by 41.75 percent and “generally bad” for the state by 47.5 percent.
The poll found that 47.6 percent oppose the Tea Party in New Hampshire, while 25.4 percent support it and 19 percent are neutral.
Also, 5.6 percent of those polled consider Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “hero,” 27.9 percent said he is a “traitor” and 62.6 percent are undecided.
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