DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A new poll suggests that confidence in New Hampshire’s future business conditions is on the upswing.
The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
When asked how New Hampshire businesses will do over the next year, 52 percent of those polled think state businesses will enjoy good times financially, 27 percent think they will experience bad times, and 20 anticipate mixed conditions. This represents the most confident New Hampshire residents have been about business conditions in the state since April 2006.
The phone poll of 568 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2. The sampling margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
‘‘Confidence in the New Hampshire economy has been stable over much of the last two years,’’ said Andrew Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center. He said a brief decline in confidence last year appears to be an aberration related to the government shutdown and Affordable Care Act website problems in October.
The residents polled had a less positive view on their personal finances. When asked about their household’s financial condition, only 28 percent of New Hampshire adults say they are better off now than they were a year ago, 34 percent say they are worse off, and 38 percent say things are about the same.