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Thursday
Jan162014

Public Policy Polling Media Alert: Shaheen, Hassan lead opponents for reelection in New Hampshire

Although the national political climate has worsened considerably for Democrats over the last four months, the state of the New Hampshire Senate race looks much the same as it did when PPP last polled in September. Jeanne Shaheen holds a small lead over Scott Brown (46/43) and then considerably wider advantages over the rest of the GOP field- 48/34 over Bob Smith, 49/33 over Jim Rubens, and 47/30 over Karen Testerman. Her leads over those four candidates were 4 points, 16, 17, and 19 respectively last time so the positive movement for Republicans has only been 1-2 points across the board.

That's good news for Shaheen given how unpopular Barack Obama has become in the state. Only 41% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 53% who disapprove, and with independents he's at a 33/58 spread. That's down a net 8 points from September when Obama was at 46/50. Voters are closely divided in their feelings about Shaheen, with 44% approving of her to 43% who disapprove. But that puts her in a better position than Brown who has a negative favorability rating with 34% of voters rating him positively to 40% with an unfavorable opinion.

Brown is the preferred candidate of New Hampshire Republicans for now, with 42% saying he'd be their choice to 11% each for Andy Martin and Bob Smith, 8% for Jim Rubens, and 7% for Karen Testerman. We also found potential signs of trouble for Brown ahead if he decides to get into the race though. 48% of primary voters say they'd be less likely to support a candidate who backs an assault weapons ban to only 22% more likely to. He could also face attacks from his GOP opponents on his residency (37% are less likely to support a candidate who moved to the state to run for office, 4% more likely) and position on abortion (34% are less likely to support a pro choice candidate, 20% more likely.)

Maggie Hassan continues to be in a very strong position for reelection as Governor. 52% of voters approve of the job she's doing to only 27% who disapprove, numbers that have improved from their already strong 51/33 position in September. Hassan leads all four Republicans we tested against her by at least 20 points- it's 51/31 against Bill Binnie, 50/27 against Chuck Morse, 50/26 against George Lambert, and 51/25 against Andrew Hemingway. Hassan gets at least 16% of the Republican vote while losing only 2% of the Democratic vote in each match up, and holds substantial leads with independents.

Other notes from New Hampshire:

-Kelly Ayotte cast a politically savvy vote by breaking with her party to support extending emergency unemployment benefits. 63% of voters in the state support that position to only 31% who think the benefits should be allowed to end. For the first time since her unpopular vote on background checks we find Ayotte with a positive approval rating at 42/38. That's largely because she's flipped her numbers from negative ground to positive with independents. Ayotte would lead a hypothetical match up with Hassan 46/40, suggesting that she's going to be a pretty tough out for Democrats in 2016.

-The next vote Ayotte might have to think about crossing party lines on is increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour. 60% of voters in the state support that to only 29% who are opposed. It has near unanimous support from Democrats (87%), more than 2:1 support with independents (57/28), and the favor of over a third of Republicans (36/53). Voting against that could erase any goodwill she's earned from her unemployment vote last week.

-58% of New Hampshire voters believe man made climate change is occurring to 30% who dissent. This is an issue where Democrats and independents are on the same page, and very much at odds with Republicans. Democrats (83/8) and independents (59/28) strongly believe in climate change, while GOP voters (28/56) do not. In fact a 43% plurality of New Hampshire Republicans think last week's polar vortex proves that global warming is a fraud, to just 33% who dissent from that view.

-Finally we find that gay marriage just keeps finding greater and greater acceptance in New Hampshire. 60% of voters in the state they support it to only 29% who are opposed, numbers that are up from 55/32 on our September poll. Voters under 30 in the state say they support it by a whooping 80/14 margin. Only 14% say gay marriage being legal in the state has had a negative impact on their lives while 20% say it's actually been positive, with 66% saying it's had no effect on them one way or the other.

This analysis is also available on our website:

 

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/01/shaheen-hassan-lead-opponents.html

 

I’m not attaching the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:

 

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2014/PPP_Release_NH_115.pdf

 

Tuesday
Jan142014

NHGOP Statement On Hassan Asking Supreme Court To Uphold Ruling On Education Tax Credits

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ConcordNew Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in Governor Hassan asking the State Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that deems education tax credits unconstitutional.

 

"Education choice is about parents being able to find the best possible educational opportunities for their children, regardless of family income. We must put an end to the era of allowing zip code to determine educational outcome. The School Choice Bill passed last session leveled the playing field, offering even our poorest students the opportunity to access the educational environment that is best for them.

 

"Governor Hassan's attempt to destroy this worthy program displays an elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable students in our community. Private funds, not taxpayer dollars, support Education Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarships raising more than $150,000 to support the students who have applied for them. It is obvious that citizens of New Hampshire are supportive of this critical program and want to see it continued."

Saturday
Dec282013

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO USE BUDGET SURPLUS TO RESTOCK RAINY DAY FUND 

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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on the General and Education Trust Fund Surplus Statement published today by the Department of Administrative Services. The statement shows a surplus of $72.2 million from the FY12-13 budget that was passed by the Republican legislature in 2011.

 

"Today's announcement reminds Granite Staters that the budget approved by the Republican Legislature in 2011 successfully preserved our state's fiscal integrity during extremely difficult economic times. This fiscally responsible budget was able to close an $800 million deficit without raises taxes by making tough choices, eliminating waste, living within our means and holding the line on spending.

 

"Virtually every Democrat, including Governor Maggie Hassan, opposed this sound budget and called for more spending and higher taxes that would have killed jobs and threatened the New Hampshire Advantage. Now that the surplus is even bigger than expected, Governor Hassan wants to continue to grow government and spend even more money. This is the wrong approach for New Hampshire, and the governor should immediately pledge to use the surplus to replenish the Rainy Day Fund that Democrats raided in 2010.

 

"If we spend what we agreed to spend in the current state budget, New Hampshire can meet its commitments and start to restock the Rainy Day Fund. The FY 14-15 budget that was written by Senator Chuck Morse, unanimously approved by the Senate, overwhelming approved by the House, and signed by the governor is a sound plan. Governor Hassan should not ditch this fiscally responsible approach simply because she has found more money to spend on her big government agenda."

Thursday
Dec052013

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO STATE POSITION ON NEW PROPOSAL FOR GAS TAX HIKE 

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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn called on Governor Maggie Hassan to state her position on a gas tax increase. The Nashua Telegraph (12/4/13) reports that Hassan's Transportation Commissioner called for a new gas tax hike yesterday.

 

"A devastating gas tax hike during a recession is bad policy, and it will unfairly burden commuters and hurt small businesses. Governor Hassan needs to tell her constituents if she agrees with her Transportation Commissioner's renewed calls for a gas tax hike on working families.

"Unlike former Governor John Lynch, Governor Hassan has repeatedly refused to rule out a gas tax increase. Its time for Hassan to follow Lynch's lead and protect Granite Staters by finally pledging to veto any increase in the gas tax."

Thursday
Nov212013

NHGOP STATEMENT ON HASSAN'S FAILED LEADERSHIP ON HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS

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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan's announcement that there will be no deal on Medicaid expansion:

 

"Governor Hassan has nobody but herself to blame for the failed negotiations on expanding access to health care. Republicans offered a sensible plan to help low income families get private insurance, but the governor refused to compromise because of her rigid adherence to President Obama's liberal ideology and failed health care agenda.

 

"Instead of sitting down this week with Republicans to work on a bipartisan deal, the governor left the State House to participate in a series of publicity stunts designed to promote ObamaCare. It was clear that she never had any intention of working across the aisle and that she was more interested in playing political games than helping needy Granite Staters. 

 

"Governor Hassan has demonstrated that she is a partisan politician who is incapable of providing independent and effective leadership for our state. She has let down her constituents and proven that she would rather stand up for ObamaCare than get results for New Hampshire."