Union Leader: The Thursday Meeting

February 14

Union Leader: The Thursday Meeting

It's been a week since the RightOn Strategies conservative consulting group hosted a private meeting of more than 130 state Republicans at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

The results of a New England College poll on the 2014 U.S. Senate race showed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen only slightly ahead of a generic Republican candidate, 49 to 43 percent, which Republicans say shows potential vulnerability, albeit very early.

Beyond that, we've learned the poll showed Hassan ahead of a generic Republican challenger by 8 percentage points, 49 to 41 percent.

And, regarding the state Legislature, those questioned preferred Republican control over Democratic control, 49 to 42 percent.

While critics will undoubtedly say the poll was completed for a Republican group, it's also true the NEC is not exactly a right-wing polling outfit.

They're the same pollsters who recently showed 72 percent of Granite Staters supported a ban on "assault weapons," a term that was not defined in the poll.

The new poll gauged support for "semi-automatic firearms" in "protecting your family," and 44 percent were in support while 47 percent were opposed.

The poll also found 60 percent viewed themselves as "pro-choice" and 32 percent, "pro-life."

But when asked their thoughts on whether an abortion should be performed at the point where an "unborn child" could "feel pain," 41 percent opposed abortion and 37 percent supported it.

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