Strong majority support term limits for state legislators - 242 participants

Apr 05, 2016

Currently, fifteen states have limits on the number of terms an individual can serve in their state House or Senate. New Hampshire is not one of them, and there is currently no move to institute term limits in the Granite State. Read more about this issue. On April 5, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH have term limits for legislators?”

“Should NH have term limits for legislators?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Term Limits NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 242 participants gave 391 responses

In an exceptionally focused discussion, a total of 96% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 4% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 391 responses from 242 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 82% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of imposing term limits on those serving in the New Hampshire Legislature.

  • “There needs to be term limits on all government positions.”
  • “It wasn't meant to be a career.”
  • “I think it is good that there is a change of people.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 18%, opposed term limits for state offices in New Hampshire.

  • “No. An engaged and informed electorate makes them unnecessary.”
  • “For $100/year we are grateful for those who run. We also need the institutional memory that comes with experience.”
  • “Our constituencies are small enough and our non-existent salary largely prevents professional politicians.”

Other: As noted above, 4% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Alternatives to imposing term limits: “Better to lower the number of representatives.”
  • Discussing lobbying: “I have heard that there are 600 lobbyists per representative.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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