P/sunny
86°
P/sunny
Hi 87° | Lo 62°

Poll: Northern Pass support drops slightly

Support for Northern Pass has dipped slightly in the last year among those who know about the project, from 42 percent to 35 percent, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll.

Pollsters from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center questioned 581 people earlier this month about their familiarity with Northern Pass and their feelings about the proposed hydro-power project from Canada through New Hampshire.

Despite nearly two years of publicity about the project, just over half, 57 percent, of those questioned said they are somewhat or very familiar with the project. That’s a slight increase over last year.

The project enjoys the strongest support along the Massachusetts border (47 percent) followed by the Seacoast (38 percent). Neither location would host the proposed transmission lines.

The greatest opposition (52 percent) comes from Northern New Hampshire, where Northern Pass is trying to buy land to clear a new 40-mile corridor for the proposed transmission lines.

For details about the poll, visit unh.edu/survey-center/index.html and click on Granite State Poll.

ANNMARIE TIMMINS

For all the money that Northern Pass has spent in the last year on so-called outreach - advertising, promotion, influence, gifts and goodies - a 7% drop statewide in support is very significant. It means that support in southern NH is sinking. The more southern NH learns about the proposed project, the less it likes the idea. Statewide, registered Democrats in particular oppose Northern Pass - by well more than a 2 to 1 margin (52% oppose, 22% support). They don't buy the "jobs, jobs, jobs" and "clean, green power" myths. They know corporate greed and environmental disrespect and injustice when they see it. Governor Hassan and Concord, are you listening?

Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.