Granite State Poll Shows Record Opposition to Northern Pass

Opposition to Northern Pass among New Hampshire residents is at an all-time high, according to a new Granite State Poll.

The poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center found that 47 percent of respondents opposed the proposed electrical transmission line, the highest level recorded since polling began on this question in 2011 and the fifth consecutive increase in opposition.

Only 27 percent expressed support, a record low in approval rating. Support for Northern Pass in this poll has greatly declined over the past five years; dropping 20 percentage points.

The remaining 25 percent polled were neutral or expressed no opinion.

“Overall, support for Northern Pass has fallen since February while opposition has continued to increase,” said Andrew E. Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center. “Particularly striking is the intensity of opposition: those who strongly oppose the project now outnumber those who somewhat or strongly support it. And while there remains a gap between Republicans, Independents, and Democrats in New Hampshire, opposition to Northern Pass has increased among all three groups over the past two years.”

Catherine Corkery, Chapter Director of the NH Sierra Club, said the results are just the latest indication of the lack of support for Northern Pass.

“These numbers support what opponents of the project have been saying for years: Northern Pass is not wanted throughout the Granite State,” Corkery said. “Stretching out the failed Northern Pass project appeal will further burden the courts, the state, the property owners, and the ratepayers who somewhere down the line will be left holding the bag. When will Eversource understand that no means no?”

Corkery said the strong opposition numbers in the poll, as well as the recent unanimous rejection of the Northern Pass application by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, make it clear that it is time for Eversource to admit defeat on this fundamentally flawed project.

The telephone poll of 505 residents was conducted from July 9-August 1. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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Northern Pass’s Very Bad Six Weeks

You may have noticed that Northern Pass has hit a bit of a rough patch in the past few months. While the project has only its own flaws to blame for its recent troubles, there has never been more reason for us to emphatically say NO.

Check out and a breakdown of its recent stumbles below:

  • FEBRUARY 14: A WMUR poll shows waning support for Northern Pass among New Hampshire residents.
  • MARCH 20: Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth stands up for Granite State ratepayers and writes a letter to Eversource expressing concern about who will pay for Northern Pass.
  • MARCH 17: Eversource’s Power Purchase Agreement, a key component of the proposed project, is rejected by the state.

Although these developments are encouraging, now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal. Continue to say NO to Northern Pass in every way you can and we will defeat this project.