Raleigh, N.C. – New Hampshire voters are happy that Judd Gregg is becoming Secretary of Commerce, and happy with how John Lynch handled replacing him, the newest survey from Public Policy Polling finds.
67% of respondents expressed approval of Gregg’s new position. Interestingly many more Democrats, 71%, support his appointment than Republicans, 62%, do.
A similar trend exists with how voters think John Lynch handled himself in appointing Bonnie Newman to replace Gregg. Even though some national Democrats have grumbled that the Democratic Lynch didn’t appoint someone in his own party to fill out Gregg’s term, the poll found that actually slightly more Democrats, 65%, approve of his actions in this case than Republicans do, 62%. Lynch gets his highest level of support on this issue from independents, at 70%.
As to Bonnie Newman herself, 56% of voters haven’t formed an opinion about her yet while 32% have a favorable opinion and 12% have an unfavorable one. “Taking all of this information together, it looks like Democrats are happy that they’re going to have a chance to win this seat in 2010,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “While a majority of Republicans are supportive of how Gregg and Lynch have handled the whole thing, it seems like there is a constituency within the party that wishes he would have stayed put and not turned this into an open seat situation.”
The survey also found that 50% of New Hampshire voters support the economic stimulus package with 40% opposed. Public opinion falls largely on party lines. PPP surveyed 1,326 New Hampshire voters from February 6th to 8th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-2.7%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.
Complete results are attached and can be found at www.publicpolicypolling.com.