Two new polls show Shaheen leading tight Senate race in NH

Two new polls released tonight show a continued tight U.S. Senate race between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown.



A New England College poll has Shaheen leading Brown, 48.5 to 45.9 percent, within the margin of effort of 2.73 percent.



The WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, showed Shaheen leading 47 to 41 percent among those who have made up their minds in addition to those who are leaning to one candidate or another. The margin of error is 3.8 percent.



In the NEC poll, President Barack Obama is viewed favorably by 44.5 percent and unfavorably by 52 percent.



In the UNH-conducted poll, Shaheen is viewed favorably by 50 percent and unfavorably by 36 percent, while Brown is viewed favorably by 29 percent and unfavorably by 48 percent. Brown’s rating has worsened since the prior UNH poll in August, when he was viewed favorably by 36 percent and unfavorably by 38 percent.



NEC polled the other major races showing:



_ Gov. Maggie Hassan leading GOP challenger Walt Havenstein, 51.4 to 41.3 percent



_ First District U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter narrowly leading GOP challenger Frank Guinta, 46.7 to 44.2 percent, which is within the margin of error of 3.9 percent.



_ Second District U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster leading GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia, 50.1 to 38.1 percent.



NEC also found that Granite Staters overwhelmingly support airstrikes against the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, 89.1 to 8 percent. But they oppose sending ground troops to the region, 52.0 to 42.9 percent.



To view the NEC poll results, click here.



To view the WMUR/UNH poll results, click here.


Author: John DiStaso

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