In case you missed it, the latest New Hampshire poll shows Romney and taking the lead—48-45%. This is a stark reversal from Obama’s 5 point lead in June by the same poll. The poll also shows that Granite Staters disapprove of Obama’s job performance by 51 to 49%, with 43% strongly disapproving. Most telling, only 25% believe their economic situation is getting better, while 41% feel things are actively getting worse.
President Obama’s recently unearthed comments supporting economic “redistribution” are on full display in his big-government policies, and they do not line up with the values of New Hampshire. Mitt Romney’s five point plan for a stronger middle-class will foster the dignity of work, champion innovation, generate new wealth, and create 12 million new jobs—59,000 in New Hampshire alone.
Election 2012: New Hampshire President
September 19, 2012
Mitt Romney has now taken the lead in the swing state of New Hampshire.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Hampshire shows Romney with 48% support to President Obama’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
In June, Obama held a five-point lead over Romney in the Granite State, 48% to 43%.
New Hampshire now shifts from Leans Obama to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
Obama carried New Hampshire over Republican John McCain 54% to 45% in the 2008 election. Forty-nine percent (49%) of the state’s voters now approve of the job he is doing as president, while 51% disapprove. This includes 30% who Strongly Approve and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This marks little change from June.
Romney, who served as governor of neighboring Massachusetts and was the winner of the state’s Republican Primary in January, is viewed favorably by 50% of all voters in the state. That’s up five points from June. But he’s also viewed unfavorably by 50%. This includes 32% with a Very Favorable opinion of him and 37% with a Very Unfavorable one.
This New Hampshire survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted on September 18, 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. See methodology.
The candidates are separated by three points or less when voters in the state are asked who they trust more on several major policy issues. The president is trusted more when it comes to health care and energy policy. Romney has the edge on the economy, taxes and national security.
This is comparable to the closeness of findings nationally, but while Romney has a seven-point lead in voter trust on the economy among voters nationwide, he has only a three-point advantage on that issue in New Hampshire.
Forty-five percent (45%) of New Hampshire voters now rate their personal finances as good or excellent, while 11% describe them as poor. Twenty-five percent (25%) say their finances are getting better, but 41% think they’re getting worse.
Romney has a 16-point lead among male voters in the state, while the president leads by nine among female voters. Most voters under 40 favor Obama, but the majority of their elders prefer his Republican challenger.
Both candidates draw strong support from voters in their respective parties. Romney edges Obama 45% to 43% among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.
With the addition of New Hampshire, eight states are now Toss-Ups in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections: Romney also has the slight advantage in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin; Obama has the edge in Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Romney is ahead in North Carolina, Indiana, Montana and North Dakota. The president leads in Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
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