Jul 22, 2015 3:18 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – A majority of New Hampshire voters say Donald Trump is not electable, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
Nearly 62 percent of registered Granite State voters questioned in a NH1 News poll say they feel Trump’s unelectable due to his recent controversial comments.
On the other side, 38.4 percent said the real estate mogul and reality TV star turned Republican presidential candidate is, in fact, electable.
The automated survey also indicates that nearly 63 percent of undeclared voters and independents, also say Trump is unelectable.
Republicans were nearly divided equally.
The NH1 News poll was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, in the wake of Trump’s comments regarding Sen. John McCain of Arizona and his status as prisoner of war.
Those comments - made Saturday at a political summit in Iowa that attracted many of the GOP 2016 presidential candidates - have dominated coverage of the race for the White House the past couple of days.
McCain’s been critical of Trump’s bid for the GOP nomination, and last week he characterized some of the thousands of people who attended a Trump rally in his home state “crazies.”
On Saturday, asked about McCain, Trump said, “He’s not a war hero,” adding that “He is a war hero because he was captured? I like people who were not captured.”
Minutes later, talking to reporters, Trump tried to clarify his explosive comments, saying "If a person's captured, they're a hero as far as I'm concerned.”
Regardless of his clarifications, many of Trump’s rivals for the White House quickly denounced his language and defended McCain, a Navy fighter pilot who was shot down during the Vietnam war.
The severely injured McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese military and held captive in wretched conditions and tortured at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”
Trump has not apologized and instead says the media has taken his words out of context.
He continues to criticize McCain for the senator’s stance battling illegal immigration as well as on the job McCain’s done trying to reform the Veterans Administration.
“I said very clearly he's a war hero," Trump said Monday. "I have absolutely no problem with that. What I do have problems with is he called 15,000 people that showed up for me to speak in Phoenix. He called them crazies because they want to stop illegal immigration."
On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham - a rival for the GOP nomination and a close colleague and friend to McCain - slammed Trump, saying he was “a jackass” and added that while the world is falling apart, “all we are talking about is Donald Trump and everyone he insults.”
At a rally later that day in Graham’s home state of South Carolina, Trump fired back, saying “your senator, what a stiff, what a stiff. Lindsey Graham. By the way, by the way, he’s registered zero in the polls - zero.”
Trump then gave out Graham’s cell phone number and urged supporters to call the senator.
Wednesday's NH1 News poll indicates a noticeable gender divide, with 56 percent of male voters saying Trump is unelectable. That number jumps to nearly 70% among women.
The NH1 News poll was conducted July 21-22, with 1,025 registered voters in New Hampshire questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3.06 percent.
The poll used Interactive Voice Response technology, an automated polling system.
The survey was conducted by Reach Communications, a New Hampshire owned and operated survey and marketing firm run by two longtime GOP operatives who are not taking sides in the 2016 GOP nomination race.
Trump's poll numbers have soared in recent national surveys. Last week he topped two polls in the race for the GOP nomination. This week he remained number one in an ABC News/Washington Post survey which did indicate a deterioration in Trump's numbers among those questioned the day after his McCain comments.
But a new Morning Consult poll, which was conducted half before and half after the McCain comments, also had Trump as the clear frontrunner, but didn't indicate any slippage following the McCain comments.
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