Center for American Progress Action

New Poll Shows Tight New Hampshire Senate Race, Strong Support for Progressive Issues Ahead of Midterms
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New Poll Shows Tight New Hampshire Senate Race, Strong Support for Progressive Issues Ahead of Midterms

Washington, D.C. — A new poll commissioned for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and conducted by Public Policy Polling, or PPP, shows tight races for U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. The poll shows incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading Republican challenger Scott Brown by 2 percentage points. The poll suggest Sen. Shaheen’s strong support for issues such as equal pay, a minimum-wage increase, women’s health and economic security, and common-sense gun laws is helping her run for Senate.

Some of the key findings of the survey include:

  • When informed that Scott Brown opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act on equal pay for women, which Sen. Shaheen supports, the gap between Sen. Shaheen and Brown increases to 6 percentage points.
  • Scott Brown voted for an amendment that would allow employers to deny contraception to their employees, which makes New Hampshire voters less likely to support him by a 20-percentage-point margin.
  • Sen. Shaheen’s voted for the Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill, which makes 49 percent of New Hampshire voters more likely to support her, against 28 percent who are less likely.

“When politics meets the day-to-day kitchen table issues facing American families, voters move toward candidates who support policies that help grow the economy by investing in the middle class,” said Gov. Ted Strickland, President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “While Republican candidates have tried to shift their focus to fear mongering and attacks on the president, these surveys suggest that when voters focus on issues, such as paying wages sufficient to support a family or equal pay for women, those issues favor more progressive candidates.”

This Public Policy Poll of 679 likely voters was conducted on October 30-31 2014 with a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent.

Please find the full poll here.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Benton Strong at 202.481.8142 or [email protected].