NH News
3:22 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Poll: N.H. Voters Support Raising Taxes On Richest 2 Percent

A new poll released by New England College shows a majority of Granite Staters favor raising taxes on families with incomes above $250,000 a year.

66 percent of New Hampshire residents answered in support of raising the income tax rates for the top 2% of earners. 28 percent opposed the idea.

NEC Poll Director Ben Tafoya says the New Hampshire numbers are consistent with other statewide polls he’s seen around the country.

“But because of the natural reluctance that people have in New Hampshire for raising broad-based taxes, you would think that maybe the margin would be closer, something closer to say, the margin of victory that the President had over Governor Romney here in the state.”

Respondents were not asked about their own income levels. The poll, conducted for three days in the first week of December, also found that Granite Staters are optimistic about the economic future. Nearly half believe it will be stronger a year from now. However, 57 percent say they will be spending no more than last year on holiday shopping.