2020 State Candidate Survey
Each election year Citizens Count sends an issue survey to every candidate for state and federal office in New Hampshire. We make every attempt to contact candidates by snail-mail, email, and phone. Candidate survey responses are the primary source for issue positions shown on the Citizens Count website. If a candidate does not respond to the Citizens Count survey, staff will search for candidate issue positions published in newspapers, posted on Facebook, etc.
The issues included in the survey are selected based on input from our online community, consultation with partners, and a review of legislation and candidate platforms. The list below shows questions included on the 2020 survey sent to candidates for state representative, state senator, and governor.
Broad-based sales tax
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Broad-based income tax
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Capital gains tax
Business tax decrease
Should New Hampshire lower business taxes?
Cigarette tax increase
Should New Hampshire increase the tax on cigarettes?
Road usage fee
Should New Hampshire create a road usage fee?
Minimum wage increase
Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?
Tax incentives for affordable housing
NH business subsidies and tax credits
Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?
Student debt repayment for certain industries
Per-pupil school funding increase
Tax revenue for private and home schooling
Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?
Statewide, mandatory family and medical leave
Private, opt-in family and medical leave
Do you support Gov. Sununu's proposal to allow employers and employees to opt-in to a private, paid family and medical leave insurance plan, based on a pool of state employees, excluding coverage for personal illness?
Abortion ban after 24 weeks
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Stricter gun laws
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Increased access to police misconduct reports
Net metering expansion
Extending renewable energy portfolio standard
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?
Emergency power restrictions
Should New Hampshire add restrictions to the governor's powers during a state of emergency?