WMUR - Poll: Job approval ratings rise for Hassan
July 31, 2013
MANCHESTER, N.H. —A new poll shows that Gov. Maggie Hassan's approval ratings are up.
The WMUR Granite State Poll shows that Hassan's job approval rating is at 58 percent, a 7-point increase in the past three months. Eighteen percent said they disapprove of the job she's doing.
The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which interviewed 516 randomly selected New Hampshire adults over landline and cellphone from July 18-29. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
About 45 percent of those surveyed said they think Hassan should be re-elected. Although that number is below 50 percent, just 25 percent said they want someone else, while the rest said they don't know.
The poll also took an early look at potential Republican challengers. When asked about state Sens. Chuck Morse, of Salem, and Andy Sanborn, of Bedford, more than 80 percent said they didn't know who they were.
Hassan had similar numbers a year ago, and her recognition didn't really increase until she won the office.
"New Hampshire typically elects a governor for their second term," said Andy Smith of the UNH Survey Center. "There have only been two times in the last century when a governor has not been elected to a second term, and I think she's in pretty good shape, despite going into what should be a good Republican year next year."
One possible Republican challenger won't be running against Hassan. Kevin Smith, who ran for governor last year, is reportedly going to become town manager in Londonderry.
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