PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders leading the Republican field in the state, although Sanders does an average of 9 points better than Clinton in the general election match ups.
The Republican who comes closest to Clinton is Marco Rubio, who trails by 3 points at 45/42. The rest of the Republican hopefuls lose by wider margins than Mitt Romney did in the state in 2012- Jeb Bush trails by 6 at 46/40, Ted Cruz is down 8 at 48/40, Ben Carson has an 11 point deficit at 50/39, and Donald Trump does the worst with a 14 point gap at 50/36.
Sanders is the only candidate with a positive favorability rating among the overall electorate in the state, and it's a very positive rating- 55% of voters see him positively to only 35% who have a negative opinion. He leads the entire GOP field by double digits- it's 12 points over Bush at 50/38, 14 points over Rubio at 51/37, 19 over Carson at 53/34, and 20 points over both Trump and Cruz at 54/34 and 55/35 respectively.A lot of interesting dynamics here, like:
-Trump may be the clear frontrunner in the state’s primary, but he’s getting crushed hilariously and epically by the blue team.
-Sanders’ overall popularity isn’t translating into an advantage against Clinton in the primary, who leads him by 3 points in this same poll.
-The GOP's slide hasn't translated to the senate race, where Kelly Ayotte is still edging Maggie Hassan by 2, despite approval numbers that would seem to suggest otherwise.
Overall though, positive news for the good guys! We’re definitely on track to keep New Hampshire as a brick in the blue wall once again this November.