The results of recent polls have concluded that voters in eight New Hampshire towns overwhelmingly support welfare reform. Voters in the towns polled, which include Manchester, Nashua, and Salem, among others, voiced support for welfare reforms currently being considered in the New Hampshire legislature.
The polls, conducted by Opportunity Solutions Project, concluded that voters in Derry, Golfstown, Hampton, Hudson, Londonderry, Manchester, Nashua, and Salem are in favor of welfare reform measures that encourage work, prevent fraud, and preserve resources for truly needy individuals.
Voters in these eight towns showed particularly high support for reform measures such as enacting financial asset testing to ensure that taxpayer-funded benefits are preserved for those who truly need them, as well as enacting work-requirements to promote work for able-bodied, childless adults as an end to dependence.
Currently, there is a bill pending in the New Hampshire legislature that would implement these welfare reforms; the poll revealed that voters in these eight towns were very likely to re-elect their state legislator if he or she supported these reforms.
According to Opportunity Solutions Project CEO Tarren Bragdon, New Hampshire’s elected officials owe it to their constituents to listen.
“New Hampshire has an opportunity to not only fix a broken welfare system that has hurt the people it was intended to help and has kept others dependent on government aid, but to give the citizens of the state what they want,” said Bragdon. “The people of New Hampshire see a welfare system that prioritizes able-bodied adults over truly needy individuals, and they want it fixed. It’s time to listen.”
The full results of the polls can be viewed here.