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PPP - Ayotte facing backlash over gun vote, Hassan off to a good start 

Gun show background checks are pretty universally popular in New Hampshire...and Kelly Ayotte is facing some serious backlash from voters in the state for voting against them last week.

Ayotte now has a negative approval rating with 44% of voters giving her good marks and 46% disapproving. That's down a net 15 points from the last time we polled on her, in October, when she had a 48% approval with 35% disapproving. 75% of New Hampshire voters- including 95% of Democrats, 74% of independents, and 56% of Republicans- say they support background checks. And 50% of voters in the state say Ayotte's 'no' vote will make them less likely to support her in a future election, compared to just 23% who consider it to be a positive.

Ayotte won her seat in 2010 by 23 points. But in a very early hypothetical match up between her and new Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, she trails by a 46/44 margin. This issue is really giving her some trouble.

Speaking of Hassan, she's off to a good start in her first term as Governor. 50% of voters approve of her to only 31% who disapprove, including a 47/29 spread with independents. She holds leads ranging from 14 to 20 points over five potential Republican foes for reelection that we tested against her.

Former Congressman Jeb Bradley does the best but still trails by 14 points at 52/38. He is followed by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Sununu family member Chris Sununu who trail by 16 points each at 51/35 and 53/37 respectively, former Congressman Frank Guinta who trails by 18 at 54/36, and 2012 primary runner up Kevin Smith who has a 20 point deficit at 52/32. Hassan holds a double digit lead among independents and pulls double digit support from Republican voters in each match up.

A few other notes from New Hampshire:

-While Barack Obama's approval numbers have dropped in a lot of places since the election, his 52/46 spread in the state is pretty similar to what he pulled last November.

-Gay marriage has been legal for a little bit more than three years in the state now, and it is quite popular with 56% of voters supporting it to 34% who are opposed. When we asked voters how they felt about it in July of 2011 support ran 51/38, so there's been a net 9 point increase over the last couple years.

One reason for the increase in support might be that voters have found gay marriage isn't such a big deal- just 16% say its being legal has had a negative impact on their lives, and even among voters opposed to it 58% grant that it hasn't actually had any adverse effect on them.

This analysis is also available on our website:

A press release and full crosstabs are attached-


ALG's Daily Grind - Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Feb. 1, 2013

Government targeting of conservatives a disturbing trend

Why are law enforcement and the military listening to the Southern Poverty Law Center? And did Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano perjure herself when she testified about the discredited right-wing extremism memo?

Cartoon: Shooting all the time

Obama touts his record of taking aim.

Does the National Debt Matter?

The greatest fiscal crisis that will face our nation in the next decade won't be Medicare spending or Social Security, it will be whether we should refuse to pay the banks and nations that own our debt or severely cut back on all government services in order to make them whole. 


NHDP - ICYMI: House Committee trying to subpoena confidential custody records

Subpoena power


The House Redress of Grievances Committee decided to try out its new subpoena power last week.


On Thursday, the committee, which was resurrected by O'Brien for the 2011-12 legislative session to hear complaints from citizens, voted to subpoena "sealed records" in the case of David Johnson, who has long fought for custody of his daughter.


The committee has largely heard complaints from parents over child safety or child support, and the House voted earlier this session to give the committee subpoena power to compel state workers or others involved in the cases to testify before the committee or produce records.


The vote to subpoena the records was 9-3, along party lines, said Rep. Tim Horrigan, a Durham Democrat who voted against the subpoena. Horrigan said his understanding is the subpoena is intended to uncover "exculpatory evidence that basically proves that (Johnson's) a fit father" from the guardian ad litem assigned to the case.


Republican Rep. Robert Willette, vice chairman of the committee, said the subpoena must still be approved by the House Rules Committee, which is chaired by O'Brien, and then the speaker's office will handle serving the subpoena.


In April, Attorney General Michael Delaney, whose agency has been monitoring the committee's activity, sent a letter to O'Brien accusing the panel of showing a bias against state workers that could threaten the safety of at-risk children. Delaney also raised additional concerns about the subpoenas compelling people to testify or produce records before the committee.


"Child protection matters are subject to strict confidentiality requirements," Delaney wrote. "State officials will be placed in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to honor a legislative subpoena or adhere to the laws of confidentiality."


Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards said Friday that the decision on whether to produce records sought by legislative subpoenas could likely end up in the attorney general's office, which represents the courts and state workers in legal matters.


"Just because somebody has the right to subpoena records, it doesn't mean that right is absolute," Edwards said. "We will be responding appropriately with respect to those confidentiality concerns."


From the Concord Monitor (6/17/12)