Turning Blue: Demographic Change and the Electoral Realignment in New Hampshire


Program Description:

After New Hampshire's economy restructured in the 1990s, it required a new, highly educated workforce to fill service and finance jobs. These new arrivals are voting increasingly Democratic and New Hampshire is beginning to resemble other New England states in it's voting. This talk discusses what has happened, why, and what the implications are for New Hampshire politics.


Andy Smith

Andy Smith is the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The Survey Center is a nonpartisan, academic public opinion research center for governments, not for profits, and faculty researchers. Smith is also an associate professor in the UNH department of political science. His research has focused on survey methodology, elections, and public policy. The Survey Center is nationally known for its election polling. It has consistently conducted the most accurate polling in New Hampshire elections. In recent years, the Survey Center has conducted polls for CNN, Fox News, WCVB in Boston, WMUR in Manchester, KYW in Philadelphia, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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