Strong majority oppose allocating electoral college votes to national popular vote winner – 435 participants

Feb 28, 2017

Rep. William Pearson (D-Keene) is the prime sponsor of HB 447, which would have seen New Hampshire join in an interstate agreement to allocate its electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The bill was shot down in the House. Read more about this issue. On February 28, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH's electoral college votes be allocated to the winner of the national popular vote?”

“Should NH's electoral college votes be allocated to the winner of the national popular vote?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Electoral College NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 435 participants gave 841 responses

A total of 94% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 435 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 841 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 91% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to allocating New Hampshire’s electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. 

  • “Neutering the electoral college will concentrate power to the largest cities, silencing the voice of the rest of the population in smaller states. The electoral college exists for a reason.”
  • “New Hampshire's electoral college needs to represent the will of the NH voters.”
  • “No, but we need a more fair way.  It can't be that one candidate wins votes in a landslide and another gets almost as many electoral votes.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 9%, were in favor of allocating New Hampshire’s electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote.   

  • “The electoral college is an anachronism that has wreaked havoc in modern times.”
  • “The popular vote should be what wins out.”
  • “Yes, as long as enough other states do this so that the president is elected by popular vote.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • The electoral college in general: “We need an electoral college. Yes, maybe it could be revised. But we must still have one to ensure every state has a voice in who becomes president.”
  • Alternatives: “What about all electoral votes split accordingly, instead of winner takes all?”
  • Taking sides: “Whomever says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to abolishing the electoral college is going to do so based entirely upon which political party they belong to.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 447 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 25, 2017

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