- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are running even in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are tied at 44 percent apiece in the Granite State, according to the Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll released on Monday.

As has been the case in other surveys, neither candidate is viewed very favorably. For Mr. Trump, 34 percent said they have a favorable view, compared to 62 percent with an unfavorable one.

And for Mrs. Clinton, 35 percent said they have a favorable view, compared to 61 percent with an unfavorable one.

There was a significant gender gap, with Mr. Trump winning among men by a 20-point margin and Mrs. Clinton winning among women by a 22-point margin.

Mr. Trump’s supporters were a bit more firm in their choice, though. Seventy-eight percent of Trump voters said they have made a firm choice as to who they intend to vote for, compared to 71 percent of Clinton supporters.

Among the firm Trump voters, 48 percent said they support him and his ideas, while 47 percent said they support him because they oppose Mrs. Clinton.

Among the firm Clinton voters, 64 percent said they support Mrs. Clinton and her ideas, compared to 35 percent who said they support her because they oppose Mr. Trump.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, who defeated Mrs. Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary contest, had a 56 percent/39 percent favorable/unfavorable split in the poll.

Seventy-seven percent of all voters said Mr. Sanders of Vermont should stay in the race until the Democratic convention.

President Obama carried New Hampshire in both 2008 and 2012. Mr. Obama had a 51 percent/44 percent favorable/unfavorable split in the state.

The U.S. Senate race in the state was also close, with GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte holding a 1-point, 48 percent to 47 percent, lead over Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

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