Support for shift strongest among Democrats, young voters, women
CONCORD, N.H. - Four weeks before the New Hampshire Primary, two-thirds of the state's likely voters said they'd most likely vote for a candidate who says Pentagon spending should be reduced by 15% and the money shifted to human needs, energy independence and deficit reduction over one who does< not.
The poll was conducted Dec. 10-12 by Research 2000 for the PrioritiesNH campaign. PrioritiesNH is working to shift America's budget priorities to increase federal investment in education, health care, energy independence, job training and deficit reduction -- at no additional taxpayer expense -- by reducing funding for Cold War weapons and a stockpile of 10,000 nuclear warheads. The campaign is backed by a prestigious panel of former generals, admirals, ambassadors and a CIA director who say the Pentagon wastes $60 billion each year on obsolete weapons.
The percentage of NH voters who favor moving that money to health care, education, job training, energy independence and reducing the deficit has jumped from 60 percent in a February 2006 poll to 67 percent in December 2007.
"It's common sense. Voters don't want their tax dollars wasted," said PrioritiesNH director Steve Varnum. "That we've been able to cut through the clatter and clutter of this year's presidential campaign testifies to the power of our message."
Ninety-two percent of Democrats now say they'd favor a candidate who supports the budget shift, as do 80 percent of independent voters. Only 21 percent of Republicans said they'd support such a candidate.
Women were more likely than men to say they'd support the budget shift candidate (69%-63%). Among age groups, the youngest and eldest voters were most likely to vote for the budget shift candidate. The budget shift candidate got the approval of 74% of voters age 18 to 30, 62% in the 30-44 age group, 66% in the 45-59 age group and 68% among voters 60 and older.
Since January, PrioritiesNH has coordinated one of the state's most aggressive bird dog campaigns. It has posted a sortable Candidate Calendar on its Website (at http://www.prioritiesnh.org/birddog_calendar.php), trained citizens to ask questions of candidates, and successfully questioned the Presidential candidates more than 200 times.
The campaign is notable for its colorful, creative and viral marketing. It eschews television and newspaper advertising in favor of loaning unusual vehicles like the Pig Mobile and Topsy-Turvy School Bus to its volunteers to drive, employing a Cookie Mom character to attend presidential campaign events and distribute cookies frosted with a pie chart of the federal discretionary budget, and having hundreds of volunteers hand out the campaign's window-shade pens and put budget pie car magnets on their vehicles.
For information about the PrioritiesNH campaign, please visit our Web site at www.PrioritiesNH.org <http://www.prioritiesnh.org/>