A new poll of New Hampshire shows President Obama with a nine point lead in the state, as his overall approval rating and rating on the economy have recovered. Obama gets 51 percent of likely voters in the poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for Manchester, NH television station WMUR, while like GOP nominee and former Romney sees 42 percent support.
Obama's approval rating is at a positive 50 - 47 split after spending most of 2011 underwater in UNH's polling, and his approval on the economy stands at 47 percent against 50 percent disapproval, again better than it was in 2011. Romney's personal favorability is at 36 percent among likely voters in the state, against 51 percent unfavorable.
“The Republican nomination process has weakened Romney in his backyard,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center in a release. “He will have to consolidate support in New Hampshire and other battleground states if he hopes to defeat Obama in November.”
The TPM Poll Average shows President Obama with a near 4 point lead.