NRSC - Union Leader: New poll shows Ayotte, Binnie still leading Hodes

John DiStaso's Granite Status: New poll shows Ayotte, Binnie both leading Hodes

Union Leader

By John DiStaso

August 9, 2010

MONDAY UPDATE: AYOTTE STILL LEADS. A new poll shows Republican former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte maintaining a double-digit lead over Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes in the U.S. Senate race for the seat being vacated by Judd Gregg.

Conducted on Aug. 5 by Rasmussen Reports and released today, the poll also shows that one of Ayotte's leading GOP competitors in the Sept. 14 primary, businessman Bill Binnie, also leads Hodes but by a narrower margin that he did a month in mid-July.

Rasmussen said its telephone survey of 500 likely New Hampshire votes showed Ayotte leading Hodes 51 to 38 percent, as compared by 49 to 37 percent in mid-July and 50 to 38 percent in May.

Binnie leads Hodes 46 to 40 percent as compared to 49 to 38 percent in mid-July and 49 to 37 percent in May. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Rasmussen did not match up any of the other GOP candidates, including Jim Bender and Ovide Lamontagne, against Hodes.

Rasmussen noted that in the past month Ayotte has been endorsed by 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who, according to the poll, is viewed favorably by 46 percent, and unfavorably by 47 percent, of Granite Staters. Among likely GOP voters, the poll shows Palin is viewed very favorably by 48 percent, somewhat favorably by 31 percent, somewhat unfavorably by 9 percent and very unfavorably by 8 percent.

Also, noted Rasmussen, in the past month, Binnie has been the subject of paid advertisement challenging his conservative credentials.

The poll also shows that 36 percent strongly approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President, while 13 percent somewhat approve, 8 percent somewhat disapprove and 42 percent strongly disapprove.

Also, 24 percent strongly approve of the job Gov. John Lynch is doing as governor, while 31 percent somewhat approve, 26 percent somewhat disapprove and 18 percent strongly disapprove.

Click here for the Rasmussen Reports website story on the poll and for a link to the survey questions and toplines.