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Nashua chamber's statewide survey finds support for casino, Northern Pass
The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce released the results of its statewide survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center on Monday. The survey included more than 500 telephone participants.
“It is my understanding that our survey represents the highest level of support for the Northern Pass project over the three years that UNH has tracked this issue,” said Chris Williams, president of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “I believe this is significant, since our survey also shows that more New Hampshire residents are now familiar with this project than at any other time.”
“As a business organization that has endorsed the Northern Pass, we are encouraged by these survey results showing increased familiarity and support for the project,” he said.
On Monday, Quinlan said there is a misconception that power isn’t needed for New Hampshire, but it is necessary for other surrounding states. That is not the case, he said.
If a gas tax was to be applied, 46 percent of participants support a one-time increase, with 28 percent wanting it tied to inflation.
“Our survey is one of the first to put real dollar signs next to potential state support for passenger rail,” said Williams, adding rail received support even with a required investment of up to $100 million and annual operational subsidies of up to $15 million.
The survey included 519 New Hampshire residents called randomly, with 195 registered Republicans, 174 registered Democrats and 146 registered independents participating in the survey in February.
State Rep. Jim Belanger of Hollis said the results of the survey did not surprise him. He was pleased with most of the data but said he would prefer a casino in northern New Hampshire compared to the suggested southern tier.
The survey results were unveiled on Monday during a chamber gathering with about 30 state legislators at the Crowne Plaza.
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