Pollsters cry foul over ’98 New Hamshire law
Say push-poll measure is too broad, punitive
New Hampshire residents may be among the most pollster-besieged in the nation, quadrennially fielding call after call during the dinner hour from pollsters gauging electoral leanings. In an effort to buffer voters, the state in 1998 banned certain forms of push-polling, a practice that seeks to plant negative information about a candidate. Now, after a series of high-profile lawsuits by the state’s attorney general against candidates and some of the nation’s leading polling firms, pollsters are crying foul.