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Obama Approval Remains Strong In New Hampshire

We've noted polls in Ohio and Virginia this week where President Obama's approval rating has slipped. But a University of New Hampshire survey finds that he's maintained strong numbers in the Granite State, perhaps the only true battleground state left in the Northeast.

Obama Job Approval
(Overall / Dems / Rep / Ind )
Approve 61 / 93 / 26 / 63
Disapprove 33/ 6 / 67 / 25

His approval has dropped just two points overall since an April survey by UNH, but has actually increased by one point among independents. That contrasts significantly with this week's Quinnipiac poll in Ohio, which showed major slippage in both categories. UNH pollster Andy Smith told RCP that a major reason why could be that New Hampshire's economy comparatively strong. The state's unemployment rate in June was 6.5, compared to Ohio's 10.5.

A majority of New Hampshire voters approve of how he's handling the economy, though he does score higher on foreign affairs.

Obama Handling Of ...
Economy 57 / 39
Foreign Affairs 63 / 29
Iraq 65 / 24

The telephone survey of 558 New Hampshire adults was conducted June 24-July 1, and had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.