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Dartmouth Poll Finds Voters Support Several Initiatives Doomed In Statehouse

Dartmouth college has released its annual “State of the State” pollwhich finds support for a number of issues that didn’t make it out of the legislature this year.

The poll found statistically significant support for casino gambling, stricter gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and a constitutional amendment prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. All of these issues generated legislation in New Hampshire this year but no policies will change.

The poll also found that most people polled were in favor of the Northern Pass project, voter ID requirements, and keeping the death penalty.

The poll also indicates that 57 percent of respondents have a negative opinion of Obamacare, and 54 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance.

But Democrats in general fared well in theoretical matchups against Republicans. Governor Hassan easily outpolled both Andrew Hemingway and Walt Havenstein, while Jeanne Shaheen led Scott Brown by fewer than 4 points, within the margin of error.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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