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New England College poll: Support is there for higher education money, casinos

Many New Hampshire voters want more money for higher education, and they support both casino gambling and a higher gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs, a new poll shows.

New England College said Monday it polled 656 registered New Hampshire voters Jan. 21 and 22, finding:

. 65 percent supported and 23 percent opposed an increase in funding for higher education in the state.

Support was divided along party lines. NEC said that among Democrats, 88 percent favored more higher education funding and 5 percent were opposed with 7 percent unsure. Among Republicans, 49 percent favored more higher education funding, 38 percent were opposed and 13 percent were unsure.

. 54 percent favored and 35 percent opposed "the idea of legalizing casino gambling" in New Hampshire.

NEC said Republicans favored the idea 57 to 35 percent with 8 percent unsure and Democrats supported it 49 to 30 percent with 12 percent unsure.

. 40 percent favored and 37 percent opposed "an increased gas tax to repair and expand the state's roads and bridges.

NEC said 71 percent of Democrats favored the idea while 15 percent were opposed and 14 percent were unsure, while 31 percent of Republicans favored an increased gas tax, 54 percent were opposed and 15 percent were not sure.

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