New Hampshire Looks to Return Hassan to Senate and Massachusetts Poised to Reaffirm Democratic Roots

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UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion conducted two polls between Oct. 14 and Oct. 25, 2022, of 1,000 likely Massachusetts and 600 likely New Hampshire voters about the November midterm elections including the Bay State governor’s and New Hampshire Senate races and Massachusetts ballot initiatives. Respondents were also queried about abortion access, the peaceful transfer of power and economic concerns.

Researchers analyzed at the poll results with a national lens, as well as local.

National Key Findings

  • If Donald Trump and Joe Biden were pitted in a 2024 presidential rematch, Massachusetts and New Hampshire voters would return the Democrat to office.
  • Most Mass. and N.H. Republicans named Donald Trump as the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election.
  • Transcending political party, support for abortion rights among voters in both states exceeds 75%.

Local Key Findings

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey leads former state Rep. Geoff Diehl 59% to 32%.
  • N.H. Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan holds a 10-point lead over Republican retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc for her Senate seat.
  • Support for Massachusetts Question 1, nicknamed the “Millionaire’s Tax,” is nearly double the opposition (61% to 34%).