New Hampshire voters are happy that Judd Gregg is becoming Secretary of Commerce, happy with how John Lynch handled his replacement, and for the most part have no clue who Bonnie Newman is, the newest survey from Public Policy Polling finds.
67% of respondents are happy with Gregg's new gig. Interestingly there is more enthusiasm among Democrats (71%) than there is among Republicans (62%) about it. It seems likely that could be a reflection of concern among the GOP base that their party could lose an open Senate seat in 2010.
Similarly 66% of voters in the state are happy with how Governor Lynch dealt with his appointment of Bonnie Newman to fill out Gregg's term. Although some Democrats are angry that Lynch did not choose to appoint a member of his party to the seat, they are actually on the whole more happy with how he handled himself in the process (65%) than Republicans are (62%). Independents are particularly happy with with Lynch on this issue (70%).
All that being said, Bonnie Newman is an open book to most New Hampshire voters, with 56% having no opinion of her. Among those who do, 32% view her favorably compared to just 12% who hold a negative opinion of her. This is another odd case where Democrats actually have a slightly more positive view of her than Republicans do, perhaps a reflection that GOP base voters might have preferred an appointee who would seek to defend the seat in two years as a more established incumbent.
50% of New Hampshire voters support the stimulus package with 40% in opposition. PPP will release numbers tomorrow looking at how Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter match up with Charlie Bass and John Sununu.
Full results here.