Aug 10, 2017 1:07 PM

Granite State Poll: 62 percent of NH residents approve of Gov. Sununu's performance

DURHAM — A majority of New Hampshire residents approve of the job Chris Sununu is doing as governor, according to the latest Granite State Poll.

According to the report, published by UNH's Survey Center, nearly three in four Granite Staters feel that the state is headed in the right direction, the highest percentage in a decade.

Of the 502 randomly selected New Hampshire adults surveyed by landline and cellphone between July 29 and Aug. 8, 62 percent approve of Sununu's job performance, while 16 percent disapprove and 22 percent were neutral or unsure.

The percentage of respondents who approve of Sununu has increased each quarter, while the percentage who disapprove has remained relatively steady.

The report found that Sununu enjoys bipartisan job approval with three in four Republicans, about 76 percent, approving of the job Sununu's doing, while three in five Independents, about 60 percent, and 50 percent of Democrats also approve.

Sununu's approval score increased from 4.6 in April to 5.0 in August, which is similar to where former governors Maggie Hassan and John Lynch were rated at this time in their terms.

The Granite State Poll also found that a majority of Granite Staters still believe the drug crisis is the most important issue facing the state. Other issues that are important to residents include the economy, health care and education.

New Hampshire GOP Chair Jeannie Forester said the report shows that Republican leadership is working for New Hampshire.

"Clearly Granite Staters appreciate Governor Sununu's bipartisan, optimistic vision and pro-growth policies," she said. "And they agree that under Republican leadership, New Hampshire is heading in the right direction."

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