Clinton leads Trump in N.H., new poll finds

Hillary Clinton spoke at a rally in Colorado on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton spoke at a rally in Colorado on Wednesday.Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Barely a week after the national conventions, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appears to be well ahead of Donald Trump in New Hampshire, according to a new poll from WBUR and MassINC Polling.

If the election were held today, the poll found 47 percent of voters would support Clinton, while 32 percent would back Trump. The number includes likely voters who said they were “leaning” toward a candidate but had not yet decided.

When asked whether Trump is fit to be president, 63 percent responded no. For Clinton, 46 percent of respondents had the same answer.

In the Senate race, the Democratic candidate is also leading the Republican rival.


Fifty percent of likely voters, including those leaning toward a candidate, would pick Governor Maggie Hassan if the election were held today, 10 percentage points higher than those who would vote for incumbent Kelly Ayotte.

Ayotte has been the subject of Trump’s criticisms, with her party’s presidential nominee suggesting she no longer deserves to represent New Hampshire. Ayotte, however, has refused to disavow Trump.

She has been the state’s junior senator since 2011.

In the presidential race, third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein together earned double-digit support in the poll, with 8 percent backing Johnson and 3 percent supporting Stein.

If the election were just Clinton and Trump, 51 percent said they would vote for the Democratic nominee.

The New Hampshire poll comes as polls show that Trump is facing trouble in at least two other key states. In Michigan, Clinton has a 9-point lead, according to a poll conducted by the Glengariff Group for The Detroit News and WDIV-TV. In Pennsylvania, a Franklin and Marshall College poll found an 11-point lead among likely voters in that state.

A WBUR poll in May found a much tighter race among New Hampshire voters.


The July-August poll was conducted among 609 likely voters July 29 through Aug. 1 by landline and cell phones, and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.