A new independent poll found more New Hampshire voters thought building a border wall was not worth the pain the federal government shutdown had caused for more than a month.
The conservative New Hampshire Journal commissioned the poll that surveyed nearly 600 registered voters by landline and cell-phone contacts from Jan. 16-21.
Among the respondents, 57.6 percent said they didn’t think the barrier was worth the cost of the shutdown while 35.8 percent said it was.
The independent voters went against Trump’s border wall by a 65-23 percent spread.
“New Hampshire may be a purple state, but voters here are solidly against President Trump’s government-shutdown strategy. Such a wide gap in support from a state the president nearly carried just two years ago is not good news for the president or his agenda,” said Shawn McCoy, a former GOP campaign strategist who serves as publisher of NH Journal.
Conversely, 83 percent of Republicans favored Trump’s position while 93 percent of Democrats were against it.
Curiously, the answer to the shutdown question was almost identical to how Trump was viewed positively or negatively.
Among those surveyed, 35.6 percent said they approved of Trump compared to 57.7 percent who disapproved of him. The other 6.7 percent were undecided.
Despite his slumping approval rating, Trump remains likely at this early stage to win the support of GOP voters for renomination in 2020. The poll found voters overwhelmingly favored Trump over 2008 GOP nominee, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, 59 percent to 29 percent.
Trump did end up losing in trial heats with three potential Democratic rivals, 2016 New Hampshire primary winner Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas. Sanders had the largest margin of the three beating Trump, 54 percent to 41 percent according to the poll.
The poll was conducted for NH Journal by Praecones Analytica between Jan. 16-21. Survey results are based on a statewide sample of 593 registered voters in New Hampshire. Responses were gathered using both interactive voice response (IVR) landline calls as well as online surveys.
The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 4 percent.