A new poll reveals voters in one blue state have turned so sharply against President Joe Biden they’re ready to kick out their Democrat senator and possibly even elect Republican House members.
New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan would lose re-election to potential Republican challenger Governor Chris Sununu by a stunning nine points, 40 percent to 49 percent, a new poll from St. Anselm College finds.
Hassan narrowly defeated Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte 2016 and Biden won the state over President Donald Trump by over seven points in 2020. The last Republican presidential candidate to win New Hampshire was George W. Bush in 2000 by about one percent.
“President Joe Biden’s job approval is collapsing in New Hampshire, putting Democratic incumbents in jeopardy. From an 8-point net approval in February, Biden’s job approval has inverted and now sits at 44%-55%, slightly worse than Donald Trump (45%-55%) in our pre-election poll last fall; 49% of voters strongly disapprove of his performance,” says New Hampshire Institute of Politics Executive Director Neil Levesque, summarizing the poll’s findings.
“62% of voters now think that the country is on the wrong track, up from 55% in February, while only 28% think we’re on the right track. Most ominous for New Hampshire’s all-Democratic congressional delegation, the generic congressional ballot has swung to the Republicans (46%-43%) for the first time in the history of this poll,” says Levesque.
Job approval for both of the state’s U.S. House Representatives, both Democrats, also appear to be slumping as voters turn against Biden.
“Congressman Chris Pappas is even at 42%-42%, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster is at a net 1-point positive at 43%-42%. These represent the lowest net approval for both Representatives in the history of this poll,” says Levesque.
“New Hampshire voters are fed up with Democrat-run Washington and they are holding Maggie Hassan responsible,” says National Republican Senate Committee spokesperson T.W. Arrighi.
“Her 100% voting record with President Biden is further complicating matters in the aftermath of the Afghanistan fiasco. With 15 months to go until Election Day, there is no light on the horizon for Sen. Hassan. It’s clear that Granite Staters are ready for a change,” says Arrighi.
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