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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:


NHDP Statement on 80th Anniversary of Social Security 





CONCORD, N.H. – NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley released the following statement on the 80th Anniversary of Social Security:

“Today, we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security, a contract with Americans that allows them to retire with dignity after years of hard work. We celebrate the strength of Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid today that has helped Granite Staters for decades.”

“But unfortunately, Republicans continue their attacks on Social Security. Just this week in New Hampshire, John Kasich said he’d cut benefits for Baby Boomers, who are already close to retirement age. Sen. Kelly Ayotte supported raising the Social Security retirement age, as did Chris Christie. Jeb Bush supported a plan to partially privatize Social Security, putting Granite Staters’ retirement security at risk. New Hampshire just can’t afford Republicans’ ideas to undermine Social Security.”

“Democrats have stood behind Social Security, and strengthened it by passing the Affordable Care Act. While Republicans continue their attempts to chip away at Social Security, Democrats will stand by retirees and future retirees.”


Daily Signal - The Path to Repeal Obamacare With Just 51 Votes 


The Daily Signal


July 29, 2015

The Path to Repeal Obamacare With Just 51 Votes

Reconciliation gives Republicans the power to get rid of the health care law with a simple majority. Here's an interactive timeline to see how it's played out.

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Senate Will Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood Before Recess

Conservatives have pushed Congress to strip federal funding from the group following the release of three undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts.

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Conservative Congressman Seeks to Oust John Boehner as House Speaker

Days before the U.S. House is planning to adjourn for its month-long recess, Speaker John Boehner is facing yet another challenge from the right.

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What John Kerry Gets Wrong About the Senate, Treaties and the Iran Deal

Kerry said that the agreement wasn't treated as a treaty "because you can't pass a treaty anymore."

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March of Dimes Admits 5 Local Chapters Donated to Planned Parenthood

March of Dimes, an organization that seeks to end premature birth, is facing criticism from its supporters for donations local chapters made to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.

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Q&A: Turkey's New Push to Fight ISIS And What It Means for US

Here’s what you need to know from Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a U.S. Army veteran.

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The Daily Signal

The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation.


NHDP - ACA Has Saved Women $1.4 Billion On Birth Control Pills

Concord, N.H. – A new report shows that the Affordable Care Act has saved women roughly $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone, yet Kelly Ayotte is still fighting to undermine the ACA’s provision requiring insurance companies to cover birth control free of cost.  
Not to mention that Ayotte has repeatedly doubled down on her pledge to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has also helped more than 150,000 New Hampshire women gain access to expanded preventative health services without cost-sharing.
“Kelly Ayotte’s sham birth control bill would undermine the very provision of the Affordable Care Act that has saved women more than $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price. “It’s time for Ayotte to give up her blatant political ploy and support efforts to actually expand access to affordable birth control that Democratic Senators are leading.
Jul052015 - Obamacare punishes businesses, again