Strong majority oppose new police hires and overtime to fight drug epidemic on NH borders - 564 participants

Mar 25, 2017

SB 131 would increase funding for law enforcement efforts to combat the drug crisis, particularly at the state’s borders. Read more about this issue. On March 25, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH hire new police and fund more overtime to fight the drug epidemic, including increased enforcement on NH's borders?” 

“Should NH hire new police and fund more overtime to fight the drug epidemic, including increased enforcement on NH's borders?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

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Participation: 564 participants gave 1,238 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 564 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,238 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 90 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 88% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to hiring new police and funding more overtime to fight the drug epidemic. 

  • “Changes in enforcement will make little to no difference as long as there is still demand for drugs.”
  • “We have too many police now. We don't need to turn NH into a police state - we need more affordable and accessible treatment facilities.”
  • “Honestly I think the money could be spent on better things. Legalize marijuana, decriminalize the harder drugs, and work on rehabilitation.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 12%, were in favor of hiring new police and funding more overtime to fight the drug epidemic.

  • “If there is money to hire and train police officers to stop drugs coming across the border, then it should be done. Looking the other way is not going to help.”
  • “Yes, along with a 20 year mandatory sentence for violators.”
  • “We should create a special task force to try and stem if not stop the flow of drugs, but we should also consider increasing the penalties.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included: 

  • Marijuana legalization: “Pot needs to be legalized like it is in surrounding states.”
  • Alcohol policy: “The state of NH are the single biggest drug dealers in the NE region. Over $500 million in booze sales annually. Every scientific study done in the last decade has determined that booze is the gateway drug.”
  • Treatment: “Continuing the cycle of rehab does not work either.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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SB 131 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 11, 2017

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