New NH Poll: Majority view Shaheen favorably; plurality feel same way about Hassan
CONCORD – A new survey of New Hampshire adults indicates that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is the most popular member of the state’s all-Democrat and all-female congressional delegation.
And a Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center also suggests that pluralities have positive views of Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and are divided on their opinion of Rep. Annie Kuster.
Fifty-one percent of New Hampshire adults questioned in the survey said they view Shaheen in a favorable way, with 28% saying they hold an unfavorable view of the two-term U.S. senator and former three-term governor. Twenty-one percent went neutral or unsure.
The poll indicated a partisan divide on Shaheen, with the vast majority of Democrats and a majority of independent or undeclared voters viewing Shaheen favorably, and the senator’s numbers underwater among Republicans.
Forty-six percent of those questioned said they view Hassan favorably, with 33% saying they view Hassan in a negative way. Twenty-one percent were neutral or unsure about the two-term governor who was elected last November to the U.S. Senate.
There’s a sharper partisan divide for Hassan than Shaheen, with a majority of Democrats holding favorable views of her. Independents were split while Republicans held unfavorable views of Hassan.
Shaheen’s not up for re-election until 2020, with Hassan not having to face voters again until 2022.
New NH Poll: Shea-Porter and Kuster’s numbers
Shea-Porter, who last November narrowly won her seat back in the state’s 1st Congressional District, held a 39%-27% favorable/unfavorable rating among residents in her district, with a third of those questioned neutral or unsure. The four-term congresswoman is above water with Democrats, slightly underwater with independents, and well below water with Republicans.
Kuster, who last November was elected to a third straight term in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, stood at 27% favorable and 31% unfavorable among residents in her district, with a large 43% neutral or unsure. Democrats viewed Kuster in a favorable way, with independents slightly unfavorable and Republicans viewing her in a negative light.
Both Shea-Porter and Kuster are up for re-election next year.
“Despite a divisive election, perceptions of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation have remained quite stable,” Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center, told NH1 News. “But I expect that partisan feelings toward the delegation will become sharper as we enter the 2018 election cycle.”
The Granite State Poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from April 24 through May 4, with 518 Granite State adults questioned by live operators via telephone. The overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 6 percentage points for questions only of 1st CD or 2nd CD residents.