Clinton takes hit in NH poll, but still leads Dems

 

Hillary Clinton remains the favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in the early primary state of New Hampshire — but her rating has dropped 15 percent since January, according to a new poll.

A Granite State/WMUR poll released Thursday found 59 percent of Democratic voters there prefer Clinton over other party contenders. That number stood at 74 percent in January, a drop that reflected in other recent polling.

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Clinton, who has been making a series of media interviews to promote her new book, is still by far the favorite candidate on the Democratic side. Some 14 percent of Democrats prefer Vice President Biden, and 8 percent favor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) receives 3 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives 1 percent. Another 9 percent say they are undecided.

The race is much closer on the Republican end. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads, with 19 percent of Republicans saying they prefer him. He is trailed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (14 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11 percent).

All other candidates receive less than 10 percent, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (8 percent).

Fifteen percent say they are undecided. 

The poll surveyed 669 New Hampshire residents from June 19 to July 1. On the Democratic side, it has a margin of error of 6.1 percent. On the Republican side, it has a margin of error of 6.2 percent. 

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