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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Poll: Close Race in New Hampshire

August 13, 2012

The race for New Hampshire's four electoral votes remains neck-and-neck, according to a new poll released late Monday.

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in the latest WMUR-TV Granite State Poll, conducted over the last two weeks by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 49 percent to 46 percent—a spread within the poll's margin of error. Two percent of likely voters prefer another candidate, while 4 percent are undecided. 

The results are virtually identical to the previous poll, conducted last month, which showed Obama leading Romney, 49 percent to 45 percent. But more voters say they have definitely decided for whom they intend to vote—71 percent, versus 66 percent last month and 55 percent in April.

 

New Hampshire is a small electoral haul, but in a close election, both candidates consider the state important to their campaigns. WMUR-TV reported on Monday that Obama will visit the state this weekend.

Likely voters in the Granite State remain divided on Obama: 48 percent view him favorably, while 47 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. Romney's favorable rating remains upside-down, however, as 42 percent view him favorably, fewer than the 48 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him.

The poll was conducted Aug. 1-12, surveying 555 likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Most of the results were conducted prior to Romney naming Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate, according to UNH Survey Center director Andy Smith.

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