On the heels of yesterday’s American Research Group poll that had Romney ahead by 2, the latest Rasmussen poll has Governor Romney maintaining the same lead as well. It is noteworthy to point out that Granite Staters trust Romney to handle the economy by 9 points, and trust Romney to handle foreign policy by 4. Monday’s debate put it all into perspective for the American people. This election is a choice between two very different visions for our nation’s future – and neither the United States nor our allies around the world can afford another four years like the last four years. The Obama campaign yesterday published a glossy 20-page pamphlet that purports to be an agenda for a second term. But a glossy pamphlet two weeks before an election is no substitute for a real agenda for America. As much as President Obama might try, you can’t gloss over four years like the last four. Please see the new poll below:
Election 2012: New Hampshire President
October 24, 2012
The presidential race in New Hampshire remains neck-and-neck, with Mitt Romney stretching to a two-point lead.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely New Hampshire Voters, taken the night after the final presidential debate, finds Romney earning 50% support, while President Obama has 48% of the vote. One percent (1%) likes some other candidate, and another one percent (1%) is undecided.
New Hampshire remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
This is the second week in a row Romney has earned 50% of the vote, posting a 50% to 49% lead in the state a week ago. The week before that, the candidates were tied at 48% apiece.
Ninety-seven percent (97%) of likely New Hampshire voters say they are certain to vote in this election. Among these voters, it’s Romney 51%, Obama 48%.
Voters in the state trust Romney more by nine points – 53% to 44% - when it comes to handling the economy. The GOP challenger has a four-point edge – 50% to 46% - in voter trust here when it comes to national security. This is comparable to the views of voters nationwide.
But still by a 13-point margin – 53% to 40% - Granite State voters think Obama has a better understanding of the issues of the middle class. Most (52%) also think Obama will be the ultimate winner of the election, compared to 41% who think Romney will come out on top. This, too, is in line with national findings.
This New Hampshire survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted on October 23, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
Romney earns 89% support from his fellow Republicans in New Hampshire, while 96% of the state’s Democrats support the president. Romney leads by 11 points among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.
Seventy-two percent (72%) of all voters in the state are excited about the choice between the president and Romney. Just 22% say they will be voting for the lesser of two evils. That’s more enthusiasm about the race than is found among voters nationally.
Obama carried New Hampshire 54% to 45% in the 2008 election. Now 49% of the state’s voters approve of the job he is doing, while 51% disapprove. This includes Strong Approval from 33% and Strong Disapproval from 43%. This is comparable to the president’s job approval ratings nationally.
Romney is viewed favorably by 54% of New Hampshire voters and unfavorably by 45%. This includes 41% with a Very Favorable opinion of the former Massachusetts governor and 33% with a Very Unfavorable one.
Voters are almost evenly divided when asked which candidate they would get advice from if they had to make the toughest decision of their lives: 49% would turn to Obama, 47% to Romney.
Most voters (53%) in the state now rate their personal finances as good or excellent. Eleven percent (11%) describe those finances as poor. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say their finances are getting better, but 31% think they are getting worse.