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
Record Optimism About Personal Finances Among NH Residents But Deep Partisan Differences Remain 8/27/18
The percentage of New Hampshire adults who say they are better off financially than a year ago and anticipate being better off in a year are at or near all-time highs. More than two-thirds foresee good times in the next 12 months in the state economy. However, deep partisan differences remain: Republicans and Independents are much more optimistic than Democrats, who are more pessimistic about the long-term national outlook than during the Great Recession.
Sanders, Biden & Warren Current Favorites For 2020 NH Primary; Interest in Primary at All-Time High 8/23/18
Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren are current favorites in the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, though most are still trying to decide whom to support. Interest in the primary is at an all-time high. Just over half of likely Republican primary voters plan to vote for Donald Trump, slightly lower support than Barack Obama received among Democrats at the same point in his first term.
New Hampshire residents' assessment of Donald Trump's performance as President is unchanged since April. Just over half of residents continue to say the Mueller investigation is a serious matter that should be fully investigated and few would support Trump firing Robert Mueller, though support for such an action among Republicans has increased.
With three weeks left before the September 11th primary, candidates for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts have largely not achieved widespread name recognition among residents of their districts.
Governor Chris Sununu continues to enjoy broad approval of his job performance and high personal popularity among New Hampshire residents. Sununu currently leads his Democratic rivals Steve Marchand and Molly Kelly. Issues relating to the misuse of drugs continue to be seen as the main problem facing the state.
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.