Saturday, February 12, 2011

UNH Survey Center: Obama Has 46% Approval Rating in NH

The latest polling numbers out of the University of New Hampshire's Survey Center may not relate directly to the 2012 election, but they do provide some incites into where President Barack Obama currently stands among voters in the Granite State. Obama's approval rating in New Hampshire remains steady at 46%, according to the UNH's latest survey.

"Political scientists consider 46% the 'break even' point for reelection," according to Andy Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center. "Presidents with approval rating above 46% typically get reelected while an approval rating below 46% typically results in electoral defeat."

Meanwhile, a NH Journal/Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies poll shows Obama with a 52% favorability rating in New Hampshire. That poll also asked New Hampshire voters to choose between the president and a number of the top contenders for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination, "If the election for President was being held today..." Here's how they responded:

Barack Obama 48%     Mitt Romney 44%

Barack Obama 51%     Mike Huckabee 38%

Barack Obama 57%     Sarah Palin 34%

Barack Obama 56%     Newt Gingrich 33%

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