A new poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire released Thursday found that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is eight points behind her Democratic rival, Gov. Maggie Hassan.
The survey, according to The Washington Post, was taken before the third and last presidential debate on Wednesday night in which Trump would not commit to accepting the results of the presidential election if he loses.
The poll, conducted between Oct. 11 and 17, shows 38 percent of respondents would vote for Ayotte compared with 46 percent for Hassan.
Ayotte’s favorability rating also dropped to 39 percent, down from 47 percent in February. Her sharp decline in support is the latest sign that the unpopularity of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump could cost Republicans the senate majority in November.
Two weeks ago, Ayotte was harshly criticized for her response to the now-infamous Trump/Billy Bush tape in which the GOP presidential candidate brags about sexually assaulting women. In a televised debate after the tape was leaked Ayotte Ayotte was asked whether she would hold out Donald Trump as a role model. “Absolutely,” she said.
The poll shows the people of the great State of New Hampshire have become equally disillusioned by Trump’s prospects as a role model.
Trump is trailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 15 points in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR poll released Wednesday. That poll was taken during the same time frame as the Senate poll.