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Jeanne Shaheen leads Scott Brown in new poll

New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen leads GOP challenger Scott Brown by 10 points in a new poll.


New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen leads GOP challenger Scott Brown by 10 points in a new poll.

New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen leads challenger Scott Brown by 10 points, 49 percent to 39 percent with 9 percent undecided, according to a new poll released today.

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey found Brown comfortably ahead in his GOP US Senate primary, but trailing the Democrat he hopes to unseat.

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Respondents see Shaheen more favorably than Brown. Fifty-two percent of those polled said they have a favorable opinion of Shaheen, a former governor first elected to the US Senate in 2008, while 36 percent have an unfavorable view of her.

Thirty-five percent have a favorable opinion of Brown, the former Massachusetts US Senator who moved his primary residence to the Granite State last year. Forty-six percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Brown.

“Scott Brown’s unfavorable number is dangerously high,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said in a statement.

Brown has, however, appeared to close the gap a little with Shaheen in recent months. The Democrat had a 13 point lead in a March poll from Suffolk.

Meanwhile in a Republican primary matchup, Brown leads his next closest rival, former US Senator Bob Smith, by more than 28 percentage points.

The New Hampshire primary is set for Sept. 9. The general election is Nov. 4.

The live telephone survey polled 800 likely New Hampshire voters from June 14 to June 18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Among the 419 likely Republican voters polled, the margin of error was plus or minus 4.8 percent.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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