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Poll shows Gov. Sununu has high approval rate

Staff Report
August 10. 2017 9:00PM

DURHAM — Most New Hampshire residents approve of the job Chris Sununu is doing as governor, according to the latest Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

The same poll suggests that nearly three in four Granite Staters feel the state is headed in the right direction, the highest percentage in a decade.

A majority of those polled continue to see drug abuse as the most important problem facing the state.

Seven months into his first term, Sununu enjoys an approval rating of 62 percent of those surveyed, while 16 percent disapprove and 22 percent are neutral.

Three in four Republicans (76 percent) approve of the job Sununu is doing, while three in five (60 percent) of independents and half (50 percent) of Democrats approve.

Sununu’s approval rating is now similar to where John Lynch and Maggie Hassan were at this point in their governorships, according to the survey authors.

Most New Hampshire residents believe the state is headed in the right direction, with 75 percent of the respondents agreeing with that statement, while 15 percent think the state is off track and 10 percent don’t know or are unsure.

The percentage of Granite Staters who think the state is on the right track is the highest since July 2007, with a majority of Republicans (86 percent), independents (72 percent) and Democrats (69 percent) agreeing with that sentiment.

More than half (55 percent) of New Hampshire adults cite drug abuse as the most important problem facing the state.

The poll is based on 502 randomly selected New Hampshire adults who were interviewed by landline and cellphone between July 29 and Aug. 8, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.


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