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Shaheen, Hassan Look Strong for 2014, But Not GOP

Scott Brown is currently seen as the only Republican who might be able to win a Senate race. Do you agree or disagree?

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) and Gov. Maggie Hassan.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) and Gov. Maggie Hassan.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan are both looking strong heading into the 2014 election.

Shaheen has a 49 percent approval rating, and leads all potential GOP challengers by double digits. She leads Charlie Bass 51-41, Bob Smith 51-35, Jim Rubens 50-33, Karen Testerman 50-31 and Dan Innis 52-30.


The poll also shows, however, that if former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) decides to run for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns a summer home, he could pose a stiff challenge to Shaheen. The PPP poll has Shaheen leading Brown by just a 4 percent margin, 48-44.

Hassan looks even stronger heading into her first bid for reelection. She has a 51 percent approval rating, one percent higher than it was in April. She leads potential GOP challenger Brad Cook 49-34, Chuck Morse 49-33 and George Lambert and Andy Sanborn 49-32.

The poll also shows U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's approval rating has dipped slightly, and President Obama's approval has dropped 10 points in New Hampshire since April.

Raymond Buckley September 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
What is fascinating is that Senator Ayotte and every one of the nine Republican potential candidates for governor or senate all have a higher negative rating than positive by the people of New Hampshire. While both Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen have a higher approval than disapproval, it is not the case with any Republican. In fact, Congressman Charlie Bass's disapproval was a negative 19 points with disapproval at 47% and approval at only 28%! Here is the link to the full poll: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2013/PPP_Release_NH_917.pdf

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