- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a 17-point lead over Donald Trump in a head-to-head match-up in New Hampshire, according to a WBUR poll taken in the days following the Democratic National Convention.

Mrs. Clinton had a 17-point, 51 percent to 34 percent lead over Mr. Trump head-to-head, according to the poll released Thursday.

In a four-way contest, Mrs. Clinton had a 15-point lead over Mr. Trump. She was at 47 percent, Mr. Trump was at 32 percent, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson was at 8 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein was at 3 percent.

In a WBUR poll released in May, Mrs. Clinton had held a 2-point, 44 percent to 42 percent lead over Mr. Trump in a head-to-head match-up.

In the new poll, Mrs. Clinton was getting support from a much larger percentage of Democrats than Mr. Trump was from Republicans.

In the four-way contest, she had support from 86 percent of Democrats, while Mr. Trump had support from 63 percent of Republicans. Mrs. Clinton also had a 26-point, 49 percent to 23 percent edge over Mr. Trump among independent or undeclared voters.

Voters were also split, 48 percent to 46 percent, on whether Mrs. Clinton is fit to be president. But 63 percent said Mr. Trump is not fit.

Some recent polling in battleground states that also have key U.S. Senate races has shown Republican incumbents leading or tied even in surveys where Mr. Trump is trailing.

The new survey showed incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte running ahead of Mr. Trump - but also trailing in her race by double digits.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan had a 10-point, 50 percent to 40 percent lead over Ms. Ayotte.

In May, Ms. Hassan had led Ms. Ayotte by 2 points, 48 percent to 46 percent.

Mr. Trump had told the Washington Post earlier this week he’s gotten “no support” from Ms. Ayotte, but that he’s been outperforming her in the polls.

The WBUR survey was conducted Friday through Monday. Analysts have said a better picture of the race is likely to take shape in a few weeks, once post-convention bounces for Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump have settled a bit.

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