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Poll: Environment Sours for New Hampshire Democrats

July 21, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

Granite State Democrats, triumphant in the two most recent election cycles, suddenly find themselves in a darker political environment amidst growing voter concerns over taxes and government spending, according to a new Granite Survey of New Hampshire voters conducted by National Research, Inc.

nh donkeyOnly forty-one percent of respondents to the poll taken on July 15th and 16th believe the state is on the right track, down from fifty-five percent in the Granite Survey taken in April. The percentage of people who believe the state is heading in the wrong direction had climbed from thirty-three percent in April to forty-seven percent today.

President Barack Obama and Governor John Lynch, both Democrats, remain popular though both have seen their approval rating tumble significantly over the last three months. Obama’s approval rating has fallen from sixty-eight percent to fifty-eight percent and Lynch’s approval has gone from seventy-four to sixty-two percent.

None of the state’s Democratic federal office holders can claim approval ratings over forty-six percent.

Only thirty-nine percent approve of the job Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) is doing versus twenty-four percent who do not. Hodes is running for U.S. Senate.

Forty-two percent approve of the job Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is doing, while thirty-four percent disapprove. Forty-six percent approve of the job Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) is doing in Washington, while thirty-one percent disapprove.

Granite State Democrats are likely being brought low by two factors. First, the percentage of respondents who are primarily concerned about taxes and government spending combined has climbed from twenty-nine percent in April to thirty-nine percent in July.

Worse, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is wildly unpopular. Fifty-three percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of her, including forty-four percent who view her very unfavorably.

The survey of 400 registered New Hampshire voters was taken on the nights of July 15 and 16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%

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