A recent survey performed by Magellan Strategies for NH Journal shows that a near majority of Granite Staters support so-called ‘right-to-work’ legislation. Forty-nine percent of New Hampshire voters support right-to-work, whereas only 37 percent oppose it. Fifteen percent is undecided.
The right-to-work legislation was passed by a simple majority in the House and a veto-proof majority in the Senate earlier in the legislative session. Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill when it was sent to his desk in May. House Republicans are scrambling to amass enough votes to override the Governor’s veto. If adopted, the right-to-work law would prevent workers from being forced to join a union.
The House was set to vote on the veto override last week, but Speaker Bill O’Brien elected to postpone the vote, which must be completed by December.
There is a clear partisan split in voter attitudes on the issue, with Republicans largely in favor and Democrats against. However, a greater percentage of Republicans support the law versus Democrats oppose it, and Independents favor the law by a small but meaningful margin of 46 percent to 38 percent.
The survey was conducted among 536 likely General Election voters between May 25th – 26th and has a margin of error of +/-4.23 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.