Majority of LFDA Members Question Need for U.S Constitutional Convention - 351 Responses

Jan 22, 2015

In 2015, the NH legislature will consider several bills related to the Granite State’s participation in a possible constitutional convention, which would be the first held since 1787. Some bills call for a convention and others limit the type of amendments NH could support at one. Another bill withdraws all requests for a convention altogether. 

In asking Facebook members on January 22 if NH should join other states in calling for a U.S. Constitutional Convention, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) found that 68% of respondents who answered the question opposed the idea with 32% in favor, while 23% of all respondents elected to discuss the subject in broader terms without directly answering the question. In sum, the LFDA received specific comments from 127 individuals supported by 201 concurrences for a total of 351 citizen responses.

Many respondents against a Constitutional Convention cited concerns about changing a document that has more or less stood the test of time. One woman rhetorically noted, “Maybe instead of changing the Constitution, we should focus instead on upholding it more?” Others questioned how closely we follow the current Constitution, as one gentleman added, “I would not let this congress touch our constitution.” 

For respondents in favor of a Constitutional Convention, several argued that significant changes are long overdue. One respondent said, “The founders put this process in place for times just like this when Washington has usurped power to the point where the states have none left.” One woman added, “I'd like to see a number of issues resolved…Make this country what it's supposed to be—of the people, for the people.”

Not every respondent provided a direct “yes” or “no” to the question posed by the LFDA, however, as many individuals debated what could and could not take place at a Constitutional Convention. Others questioned how the convention itself would be run as well as how delegates would be chosen. One gentleman noted, “Another problem is how we deal with corrections in language for these amendments when delegates are made aware of a deficiency or conflict that might arise under a proposed amendment.”

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