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NH Voters Strongly Support Planned Parenthood Funding

New Survey Finds New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support Planned Parenthood Funding, Strongly Oppose Potential Government Shutdown

Poll Finds Major Political Liability for Senator Ayotte Due to Her Support for Defunding Preventive Health Care Services at Planned Parenthood

Planned_Parenthood_logo.svgWashington, DC—A new survey conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Planned Parenthood Action Fund shows that New Hampshire voters strongly support Planned Parenthood despite weeks of outrageous political attacks from anti-abortion extremists and their allies in Congress. The poll found strong opposition to measures like the one the Executive Council approved last week to defund the preventive health services, including cancer screenings and birth control, that Planned Parenthood provides to millions of women in communities across the country; overwhelming opposition to a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood; and major political liability for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who voted earlier this month to defund these vital health services.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 66 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose defunding Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services, including 72 percent of Independents.
  • 65 percent of New Hampshire voters do not believe that defunding is justified by the deceptively-edited videos released in recent weeks by anti-abortion extremists.
  • An overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters (75 percent), including a majority of Republican voters (51 percent), have an unfavorable reaction to the idea of shutting down the federal government to block any funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • 56 percent of New Hampshire voters would be less likely to support Sen. Ayotte for re-election as a result of her vote to defund preventive health care services at Planned Parenthood.
  • Roughly two-thirds of New Hampshire voters (68 percent) want Sen. Ayotte to take a clear stand right now against shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood. And nearly two-thirds of voters (62 percent) would be less likely to support Sen. Ayotte for re-election if she votes to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood.

You can find a memo from Hart Research Associates HERE. You can find the poll’s top lines HERE.

Statement of Geoff Garin, President, Hart Research Associates

“These findings in New Hampshire mirror the findings from our national survey: strong support for Planned Parenthood, strong opposition to defunding, and clear political danger signs for Senators who continue to pursue attacks on Planned Parenthood and an anti-women’s health agenda. Support for defunding Planned Parenthood will take a political toll on Sen. Ayotte, including among voters who otherwise might be inclined to support her for reelection. These results leave little doubt that those who want to lead their party to a shutdown fight over Planned Parenthood are creating the likelihood of a political debacle for the Republican Party brand and for GOP candidates in 2016 reelection battles.”

Statement of Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“Today’s poll makes it clear: American voters continue to stand strongly with Planned Parenthood and reject these transparently political attacks. Voters know who Planned Parenthood is: the nation’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, and the place millions of women, men and young people turn to each year for basic, preventive care such as birth control or cancer screenings. This relentless, month-long campaign by anti-abortion extremists has not swayed voters, instead they see it for what it is: a concerted effort to end access to safe and legal abortion that is well outside the mainstream. As this poll, and the three national polls before it have shown us, there is a political price to pay for politicians who attack Planned Parenthood and get swept up in a race to the bottom on women’s health.”

Statement of Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund

“For fifty years, tens of thousands of New Hampshire women, men, and young people have chosen Planned Parenthood of Northern New England as their healthcare provider. Today’s polling makes it crystal clear that politicians like Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has repeatedly voted for defunding Planned Parenthood, are on the wrong side of public opinion, the wrong side of public health, and the wrong side of history. New Hampshire voters are watching and they will remember in 2016.”

Last year, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England served 41,643 patients, nearly 13,000 of them in New Hampshire.

Planned Parenthood’s non-profit health centers provide a wide range of preventive health care services, and serve a total of 2.7 million patients per year — at least 60 percent of whom benefit from public health coverage programs such as the nation’s family planning program and Medicaid. More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in rural or medically-underserved areas, meaning that often without Planned Parenthood, our patients would have nowhere else to turn for reproductive health care. More than 90 percent of the care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Approximately 1 in 5 women has relied on a Planned Parenthood health center for care in her lifetime.

The surveys released today follow a national survey with similar findings released two weeks ago. That survey found that 64 percent of voters nationwide, including 72 percent of Independents, do not agree with Congressional Republicans who say that “there should be an immediate vote to end all government funding for Planned Parenthood, including for services Planned Parenthood provides, such as cancer screenings and family planning” because of the videos.

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Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. Follow us on Twitter.

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Shaheen’s Net Favorability And Lead Have Doubled

Shaheen Lead Grows To 12, Favorability Go +28

Public Poll Shows Brown Losing Ground, Still Deeply Unpopular, and His Campaign Struggling 

Manchester — The latest WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll shows Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s lead has doubled from six to 12 points over Scott Brown and her favorability is up to 57%, while millions in ad spending on his behalf have left Brown in a weaker position than when he started the race. Brown’s unfavorability is at 40%, 9 points higher than his favorability.

Jeanne Shaheen’s strong favorable rating in tonight’s WMUR/UNH poll is proof that Granite Staters trust Jeanne Shaheen and know that she puts New Hampshire first and works hard to make a difference for people here.  Senator Shaheen is popular with voters, 57% of whom have a favorable opinion of the job she is doing, and her net favorable rating is a strong 28 points. She leads all of her potential Republican challengers – each of whom is deeply unpopular with New Hampshire voters – by double digits, and receives at least 50% support in every match-up.

“This poll shows what Granite Staters know: Jeanne Shaheen puts New Hampshire first and her common sense leadership makes a difference for people here. She’s got deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here and her record proves she shares our values,” said campaign manager Mike Vlacich.

Big Oil and Republican special interests have outspent Democratic groups to attack Jeanne Shaheen, and Scott Brown has spent big on his own positive advertising.  But Scott Brown is losing by a larger margin and is less popular now than he was when he got in the race. The poll also shows Bob Smith right at Brown’s heels. Since the last WMUR/UNH poll Republican groups have spent nearly a million dollars on dishonest and negative attacks against New Hampshire’s Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.

“The Big Oil Koch Brothers are desperate to get Scott Brown back into the Senate to protect their interests, not New Hampshire’s,” continued Vlacich.  “But what they are finding out is that New Hampshire is not for sale.  We are committed to running the type of grassroots people-powered campaign that New Hampshire deserves, and correcting every one of Big Oil’s dishonest attacks.”

N.H. Voters Sour On Scott Brown: The More They Learn The Less They Like Him

After 11 Months of Teasing New Hampshire Voters with an Elaborate Ploy for Attention, Scott Brown’s “Prospects for a Political Comeback in New Hampshire Have Taken a Sudden Nosedive”

Concord – The more New Hampshire voters see of Scott Brown the less they like him.  That is the message from the newest public opinion poll conducted by Suffolk University and the Boston Herald.  After flirting for 11 months, Scott Brown’s “prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive” reports the poll.  The former Massachusetts politician trails New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen 39-52, and is seen unfavorably by New Hampshire voters.

“It is clear that Scott Brown’s scam emails, his toxic record of voting for Big Oil’s interests, and his flippant attitude towards the people of New Hampshire are taking its toll,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “Granite Staters know how important their vote is and consider candidates seriously; Scott Brown’s circus act is failing the laugh test.”

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald is the third public poll in a row showing New Hampshire’s Senator Shaheen widening her lead.  It comes after the billionaire oil baron Koch Brothers and Scott Brown’s allies have spent nearly $900,000 in negative ads against her – outspending Democratic leaning groups by a more than two-to-one margin.  In January PPP Polls reported Shaheen with a 46-43% lead, then the WMUR/UNH Granite State poll showed the lead widening to 47-37%, and now the Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll shows it expanding further to 52-39%.

“Granite Staters aren’t fooled by desperate attacks. They know Jeanne Shaheen, and they know she always puts New Hampshire first, working for commonsense solutions that make a difference for people here,” continued Kirstein.  “Brown has been involved in a ridiculous almost year-long tease – he’s running for Senate, no for President, he’s in his barn jacket, no he’s shirtless — and it is a stark contrast with Senator Shaheen, who has spent the last year working hard for the people of New Hampshire.”

The full report from the Boston Herald on the Suffolk-Herald poll is below.

N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has slipped in a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll when put up against New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By: Joe Battenfeld

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive, while U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie top the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls in the Granite State, a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows.

Brown, the ex-Massachusetts lawmaker now considering a run against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is trailing the Democratic incumbent by a 52-39 percent margin in a general election matchup, according to the Suffolk/Herald poll of 800 likely New Hampshire voters.

Just one in three Granite State voters have a favorable impression of Brown while 42 percent have a negative opinion of the Republican transplant who shocked the political world in 2010 by winning a U.S. Senate seat in the Bay State, the poll shows.

Brown is easily defeating his GOP foes in a Senate primary matchup, getting just one third of Republican voters, according to the poll.

Brown is not the only pol whose approval ratings are taking a beating in New Hampshire. Half of all Granite State voters now disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, with just 40 percent of voters saying they approve. 

More than half of New Hampshire voters – 52 percent say – Obama’s signature health care law has been bad for New Hampshire, according to the poll.

Just 37 percent of voters say Obamacare has been good for the Granite State, a stunning rejection of the new law that has forced millions of people nationwide off their health care plans.

But Obamacare’s unpopularity has not hurt Shaheen or another Democrat facing re-election, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. While Shaheen has opened a comfortable lead against Brown, Hassan is beating her potential GOP opponents by at least 25-point margins, the Suffolk/Herald poll shows. The margin of error for the poll of 800 likely voters is 3.5 percent.

The poll also reveals that the 2016 race for president in the first-in-the-nation primary state is a tossup right now. Paul, the Kentucky senator and tea party favorite, is getting 12 percent of the vote in a crowded field, according to the poll.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once led the pack in New Hampshire, is also getting just 12 percent of the vote – a sign he’s been hurt by the George Washington bridge scandal and ongoing criminal investigation.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, follow with nine percent in a matchup of 426 likely GOP primary voters, the poll shows.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is getting eight percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has support from seven percent of New Hampshire voters and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio trails with six percent in a 2016 trial heat.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is also in the middle of the pack with five percent support from New Hampshire Republican primary voters – tied with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

There are 14 percent of voters who say they are undecided right now.

New Poll: Strong Support for Raising Wages in 2014 Battleground States

Gains for Candidates Who Support Critical Issue

View the Poll http://bit.ly/McBmJn

“Politicians who ignore the surging interest in raising wages do so at their own peril”

(Houston, TX) – Voters in five diverse, politically crucial states have made their priorities emphatically clear: they want political leaders, especially at the gubernatorial level, to focus squarely on wages, living standards and fair treatment.

A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates found that nearly 60 percent of voters in the 2014 battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are dissatisfied with their state’s economy. A full 91 percent of respondents say that they are falling behind economically or just keeping even. By an overwhelming 72-23 margin, voters are asserting that raising wages is “good for the state” and soundly reject the notion that it would hurt the state by increasing prices or costing jobs. Ultimately, the poll concludes that candidates have a lot to gain by making wages a central element in their economic agenda and campaign messages.

“Voters are way ahead of politicians on the issue of raising wages,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “From the minimum wage to paid sick leave to wage theft, voters across America are elevating basic paycheck issues to a new national prominence. Politicians who ignore the surging interest in raising wages do so at their own peril.”

The AFL-CIO Executive Council, currently meeting in Houston, has made the issue of raising wages a centerpiece of their work. The Council will be integrating raising wages into all aspects: from politics to immigration and organizing. This new poll reinforces the fact that the American public shares in these goals.

“America’s attention is more focused on workers, wages and fairness than ever in my lifetime,” Trumka said. “Behind this energy and commitment, the possibilities are enormous for working people.”

View the new poll results at http://bit.ly/McBmJn 

From February 8 to 11, 2014, Hart Research Associates conducted a survey of 1,012 registered voters in five gubernatorial battleground states: Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The survey explored voters’ economic concerns, and how those might impact their voting preferences this year. Approximately 200 interviews were conducted by telephone (landline and cell) in each state, with the overall sample weighted to reflect the actual voter population by state. The margin of error is ±3.1 percentage points for the overall survey, and higher for subgroups. This memo reviews the survey’s key findings.

New Survey Show Voters Don’t Want To Take The ‘Fast Track’ On The TPP

Nationwide, Bipartisan Survey Finds Strong Voter Opposition to Fast Track Authority for Trade Deals Such as the Trans Pacific Partnership

Stop Fast Track

Washington, D.C. — A nationwide, bipartisan survey of voters’ attitudes about “fast track” authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership found strong opposition to Congress’s approving “fast track” authorization, with a strong majority of Americans indicating their belief that trade agreements make the country worse off.

The survey was conducted Jan. 14-18, 2014 by Hart Research Associates, a Democratic pollster, and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, a Republican polling firm.  It was jointly sponsored by the Sierra Club, the U.S. Business and Industry Council and the Communications Workers of America.

Voter opposition to fast track authorization is broad, with 62 percent saying they oppose fast track authority for the TPP trade deal, versus 28 percent who say they favor it. After hearing an equal number of arguments that have been made by organizations supporting and opposing fast track, voter opposition grew to 65 percent, including 45 percent indicating that they are strongly opposed.

In households where a voter either owns or works for a small business, the verdict is clear: 64 percent say they expect TPP to hurt more than help small business.

On wages and jobs, the environment and food safety, voters clearly believe that TPP will make things worse.  By a 35 point margin, voters believe that TPP would make things worse in terms of American wages (56-21). By a 30 point margin, voters believe that TPP would make things worse environmentally, not better (48-18). Among voters under age 35, 54 percent say that TPP would have an adverse environmental impact.  A full 63 percent believe that TPP would make U.S food safety worse.

“We’re up against big corporations and deep-pocketed polluters, but environmental groups, labor unions, and other allies have the support of American voters. We need to work together to let people know how this behemoth of a trade deal would affect our jobs, our wages, our access to clean water and air, and our safety as consumers. And we need Members of Congress to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program.

“Republican Members of Congress and their political advisors ignore at their peril the massive opposition of Republican and Independent voters to Congressional passage of fast track trade authority. They are also gravely concerned about the negative impact the proposed TPP will have on jobs in this anemic recovery. These voters know firsthand what the Republican leadership studiously ignores: Since the U.S. runs persistently high trade deficits under current outmoded trade policies – a cumulative deficit of $10 Trillion in goods since NAFTA – trade displaces many more jobs than it creates and small businesses and their employees suffer disproportionately,” said Kevin L. Kearns, president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council.

“Trade agreements are no longer just about tariffs and quotas. They are about the food we eat, the air we breathe, the jobs we hold. We cannot abdicate this process to non-elected representatives. Trade policy, done correctly, is a win for the U.S. economy and U.S. workers. But fast tracking this TPP will reduce the quality of life for Americans,” said CWA President Larry Cohen.

Among other survey findings:

Opposition to fast track authority remains strong across incomes, with 60 percent of voters in households with incomes under $50,000 and 65 percent of those with incomes over $100,000 expressing opposition to fast track authority.

Republicans overwhelmingly oppose giving fast track authority to the president (87 percent oppose), as do Independents (66 percent). Only Democratic voters give a slight edge to favoring fast track, with 52 percent in favor and 35 percent opposed.

More than half of non-college white voters, or 53 percent, are less likely to re-elect a Member of Congress who supports fast track.

Full poll results here

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