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PPP - NH voters on the Governor's race; Obamacare; Background Checks; Tom Brady, and More 

PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds that Maggie Hassan will be clearly favored if she runs for another term as Governor- but if she moves on to a Senate bid Republicans may start out with a slight advantage in the race to replace her.

Hassan, who is generally popular with a 48/42 approval rating, would lead Chris Sununu 48/41 and Jeb Bradley 48/39 in hypothetical contests. Those margins are pretty much in line with what she won by last year. If Hassan doesn't seek reelection most of the Democrats named as potential replacements for her would start out with a name recognition deficit against their likely Republican opponents. While Sununu (71% name recognition) and Bradley (56% name recognition) are both known to a majority of voters in the state, the Democratic trio of Terie Norelli (27% name recognition), Chris Pappas (25% name recognition), and Colin Van Ostern (21% name recognition) are all largely unknown.

That disparity in name id likely explains why Sununu and Bradley lead Norelli, Pappas, and Van Ostern by 4-7 points in hypothetical contests. Sununu is up 38/34 on Pappas, 39/34 on Norelli, and 39/32 on Van Ostern. Bradley is up 38/33 on Pappas, 39/33 on Norelli, and 38/31 on Van Ostern. With large swaths of voters undecided in every possible match up the race is pretty undefined at this point.

Other notes from New Hampshire:

-60% of voters in the state support a policy that sets a goal of producing 50% of America's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, compared to only 25% of voters who oppose that concept. Among the critical independent voters who tend to decide elections in New Hampshire support for that is even more emphatic, with 62% of them in favor of it to only 18% who are opposed.

-Granite State voters think funding for public schools needs to be increased, and that one of the outcomes of that increased funding should be higher teacher salaries. 57% of voters think education funding should be increased compared to only 16% who think it should be decreased and 22% who think it's fine where it is. 47% think teachers are paid too little, to just 15% who think they're paid too much. With independents 59% think there needs to be more money given to public schools and 50% believe teachers are under paid.

-In a sign of how much the political landscape around Obamacare has changed in the last year, 44% of New Hampshire voters say they support the Affordable Care Act to 43% who are opposed. Those numbers are tight but it used to be that the ACA was very unpopular in any swing state where we polled it. It's now at worst a neutral issue for Democrats politically, and it's moving in the direction of actually being a help for them. One big reason things are different now- Democrats (79%) are more unified in their support of it than Republicans (74%) are in their opposition.

-Background checks on all gun purchases have broad bipartisan support from New Hampshire voters- 85% support them to only 9% who are opposed. They meet with favor from 96% of Democrats, 82% of independents, and 79% of Republicans.

-71% of New Hampshire voters support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, to just 12% who want to keep it where it is and another 12% who think the federal minimum wage should be eliminated altogether. 92% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and 52% of Republicans want an increase to at least $10.

-New Hampshire voters really don't like Scott Brown. Only 29% have a favorable opinion of him to 50% with a negative one. Right before the election last fall he had a 77/16 favorability rating with Republicans, but now it's only 48/27. That suggests a lot of GOP voters were just saying they liked him because they had to. Brown is also at 26/48 with independents. Meanwhile Jeanne Shaheen is popular, with 50% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 39% who disapprove.

-One thing that unites Granite State voters across political lines is the defense of Tom Brady. 68% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to only 16% with a negative one. And 66% think the NFL has treated him in an unfair manner compared to only 20% who believe he's been treated fairly. Those numbers are all in line with 66% of New Hampshire voters identifying themselves as Patriots fans to 5% for the Packers and Giants, and 3% for the Cowboys.

-New Hampshire voters are slightly even more united in their support of the Red Sox- 69% pull for them to 7% for the Yankees, 4% for the Braves, and 3% for the Mets.

This analysis is also available on our website:


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


Citizens For A Strong NH - Statement on Hassan's Veto of SB 116 Concealed Carry


(July 6, 2015) -  This afternoon, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 116, a bipartisan bill that would have eliminated the license requirement to conceal firearms.


Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:   


"Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of SB 116 today was yet another example of our state's chief executive ignoring New Hampshire values and embracing liberal special interests simply for the benefit of her own political career. To say we are disappointed in her actions is an understatement, but given her continuous record of stonewalling bipartisan legislation to keep Washington liberals happy, we are not surprised.


"Vetoing this bipartisan bill does nothing more than support Second Amendment restrictions on those that obey the law. While extreme out-of-state donors might be cheering her actions, law abiding Granite Staters are the ones who suffer."



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Women's Defense League of NH - Governor Hassan supports State-Sanctioned Discrimination 

After nearly 3 months of waiting, the Women's Defense League was granted an audience, not with Governor Margaret Wood Hassan, but with junior staff members, to discuss its position on SB 116, a bill making optional New Hampshire's pistol license.
Passed by both chambers of the NH legislature, SB 116 would also replace 92 years of discrimination by replacing the amorphous phrase "suitable person" with the crystal-clear "not prohibited by state or federal law."  
The League presented the staff members with briefing books containing a detailed history of New Hampshire's pistol law, tracing it back to New York's 1911 Sullivan Act, a law that allowed for legal discrimination against ethnic and racial minorities. It became law in NH in 1923, ironically 3 years after women gained the right to vote.
The Governor's staff dismissed the documented history as simply the League's "perspective" and, when confronted with the deadly reality of women's rights being left to the discretion of local law enforcement, said women who felt aggrieved could pursue legal remedies. The very detailed and objective poll commissioned by the League demonstrating that 71% of ALL NH citizens support an end to discretionary and discriminatory licensing was dismissed as "rank partisanship."

The Governor's Office believes that even women in dangerous situations such as
NJ woman Carol Bowne, murdered while waiting for her pistol permit, should just wait, hope they aren't attacked in the meantime and fight a pistol license denial in court. We find this not only egregious but given the fact that women ARE being discriminated against, we find it unconscionable Governor Hassan would take this stance.

Appalled by this shallow and callous attitude, the League pressed for a meeting with Governor Hassan to make its case face to face; however, her staff averred saying they would "certainly" make our perspective known to her.

Apparently, the Governor is unwilling to meet with NH citizens with whom she does not agree.  Perhaps NH is becoming the "live free but do not disagree state."


Women's Defense League of NH - Pistol License POLL Results for NH 

NH Pistol License Poll Results

This is a follow up release after today's press conference and contains the actual poll results!

Recently, both the Senate and the House passed Senate Bill 116 which makes the pistol license optional in the state of New Hampshire for those legally able to possess and purchase firearms at both the state and federal level.
Most voters are unaware of the historical reasons a pistol license was put into place in New Hampshire and do realize that the state-sanctioned discrimination it created continues today.
833 registered New Hampshire voters were interviewed from May 18 to 22, 2015. The margin of sampling error is +/-3.4%. Included were 294 Democrats; 343 Republicans and 296 Undeclared. 100% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone. There was a total of 6 questions asked throughout each county in New Hampshire; following is a summary of the findings:

  • A super majority of registered voters agree that a person should be able to defend themselves with a firearm across the board.   
  • Vermont does not have a pistol licensing law and has never had one yet they continue to have a lower crime rate than New Hampshire. A majority of registered voters agree that Vermont’s lack of a pistol license law discourages crime with others believing it has no effect and a small percentage that believes it promotes crime.  
  • When registered voters were told why the current pistol license law was set up –  “to bar union member Irish and Italian immigrants and their families from possessing a concealed firearm” and that the law still allowed police to use their own judgement for suitability based on this law, over 71% opposed allowing this to continue.  
  • Registered voters also believe women in emergency situations shouldn’t have to wait 14 days to get their pistol license and they also don’t agree that the current pistol license law does anything to stop criminals from carrying concealed.  
  • Finally, a super majority of registered voters doesn’t believe that money from a few wealthy out-of-state people should be influencing gun control measures in New Hampshire.  
  • In conclusion, it appears that registered voters from across the state and across party lines all agree by an overwhelming majority that Granite Staters should not only have the right to defend themselves with a firearm but they shouldn’t be subject to the current pistol license law due to their overwhelming agreement that local police shouldn’t decide who is “suitable.”  
  • Below are the questions in their entirety listed in chronological order of how they were asked along with the results and breakdown of the demographics.

The poll results can be found here.