UNH Survey Center
UNH Poll Finds Shaheen Approval Remains SteadyBy Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau
May 16, 2002
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DURHAM, N.H. -- Education funding continues to be the most important issue for New Hampshire residents, according to the latest Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, but the ongoing legislative battles have not affected Governor Jeanne Shaheen's approval ratings.
The Granite State Poll is sponsored by UNH. Six hundred ninety-four (694) New Hampshire adults were interviewed between April 10 and 18, 2002. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/-3.7 percent. For more detailed results and methodology, visit the Survey Center Web site at www.unh.edu/survey-center and click on Press Releases.
The issue of how to fund primary and secondary education in New Hampshire
has been on the front pages and in front of state government for at least
the past five years. Not surprisingly, it is also the issue that the citizens
of New Hampshire believe is most important.
Governor Jeanne Shaheen has not been seriously hurt by the education
funding debate, much of which has occurred during her tenure as governor.
Despite political battles over the state budget and an intense campaign
for U.S. Senate, Shaheen's approval ratings have remained stable over
the past several months. In the most recent Granite State Poll, 55 percent
of New Hampshire adults say they approve of the job Shaheen is doing as
governor, 34 percent disapprove, and 11 percent are neutral.
Shaheen's highest approval ratings come from Democrats, liberals, union
households, people who have lived in New Hampshire between six and 10
years, and households earning between $60,000 and $75,000. Republicans,
conservatives, and those 70 or older give Shaheen her lowest approval
ratings. Surpisingly, people from western New Hampshire, a traditionally
more Democratic area of the state, give Shaheen lower approval ratings
than do people from other areas.
These findings are based on the most recent Granite State Poll conducted
by the UNH Survey Center from April 10-18, 2002. A random sample of 694
New Hampshire adults was interviewed by telephone. In 95 of 100 cases,
the statewide estimates will be accurate to plus or minus 3.7 percent.
Results reported for other subgroups have potential for somewhat larger
variation than those for the entire population.