Granite State Poll
In addition to working with individual clients on single issue polling projects, the UNH Survey Center also conducts the Granite State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion in the state of New Hampshire. The Granite State Poll is an omnibus survey in which interested groups, agencies, or organizations can purchase one or more questions. In this way, fixed costs are shared. The Granite State Poll is a statewide, scientific survey of public opinion and behavior concerning policy issues. Conducted quarterly, the Poll randomly interviews approximately 500 respondents from across the state.
All adult residents of New Hampshire with a working telephone (including new and unlisted numbers) are eligible for the Granite State Poll. Reports on New Hampshire public opinion written by the Center are made available to legislators, members of the executive branch and other key government officials dealing with public policy as well as the media. Of course, any proprietary data collected by the Survey Center are held in strict confidence.
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Recent Press Releases
Optimism among New Hampshire residents about the New Hampshire economy is at an all-time high. More than two-thirds anticipate good business conditions in the state over the next 12 months. The proportion of residents who consider themselves better off financially than a year ago is at an all-time high.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to be the most popular member of the state's congressional delegation, closely followed by her colleague Senator Maggie Hassan. Executive Councilor Chris Pappas is the most well-known candidate among those seeking to replace outgoing Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
Sanders & Biden Remain Frontrunners; GOP Primary Voters Prefer Trump Over Kasich Three to One 4/25/18
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden continue to be early frontrunners for the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary, although most Democratic primary voters are still trying to make up their minds who to support. Most Republicans are also trying to decide who to support, but just over half say they plan to vote for Trump in the 2020 primary. Two-thirds of Republican primary voters would vote for Trump in a hypothetical matchup with Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Sununu Maintains Popularity, Leads Marchand and Kelly; Few Have Opinion on NH Secretary of State Race 4/24/18
Governor Chris Sununu continues to enjoy broad approval of his job performance and high personal popularity among New Hampshire residents. Sununu holds leads of similar size over his Democratic rivals Steve Marchand and Molly Kelly for the forthcoming gubernatorial election. Less than one-third of residents have an opinion on whether the State Legislature should reelect Bill Gardner or select former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern as New Hampshire Secretary of State.
New Hampshire residents have become somewhat more positive in their assessment of Donald Trump's performance as president. Approval of his overall job performance, handling of the economy and foreign affairs, and his personal favorability have all increased since February, with the largest gains among Independents. More than half of Granite Staters say the Mueller investigation is a serious matter that should be fully investigated and few support President Trump firing Robert Mueller.
Granite Staters Skeptical Tax Law Will Benefit Them; Cite Health As Most Important Problem For Family 3/1/18
New Hampshire residents are divided in their opinion of the recently passed tax law. Despite some predictions that most Americans will see at least a short-term reduction in the taxes they pay, only one-third believe their taxes will decrease or that they will be better off. Republicans are far more likely than Democrats and Independents to favor the tax law and believe they will be better off and see their taxes decrease. When asked about the most important problem facing themselves and their family, respondents most frequently mention health/healthcare or income/finances.
A majority of Granite Staters support a law that would require everyone in a moving vehicle to wear a seatbelt and three-quarters support the expansion of a commuter rail line into New Hampshire's "Capital Corridor." Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to support a mandatory seatbelt law while support for rail expansion is more bipartisan. Most who were asked say they feel strongly about these issues but relatively few say they would be very or somewhat upset among those were asked how upset they would be if their preferred outcomes on these issues do not come about.
Bipartisan Support For Marijuana Legislation; Majorities Favor Keeping Current Alcohol & Tobacco Ages 2/27/18
A majority of Granite Staters favor a proposed law that would legalize possession of a small amount of marijuana and allow adults to grow up to six plants in their home but would not legalize or tax the sale of marijuana. Majorities would like to keep the minimum age to purchase alcohol and tobacco unchanged in New Hampshire.