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NH House approves new definition for push polling

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has passed a bill that attempts to curb political advertising masked as a poll.

The practice is known as push polling and involves asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The questions typically are negatively designed to persuade the voter to dislike the subject of the poll.

Push polling is legal in New Hampshire as long as the candidate behind the poll is identified.

Political parties and legitimate survey organizations complained the law outlawed legitimate polling.

Under the bill passed Wednesday, there would have to be 2,000 or more connected calls in major races that last less than two minutes for the poll to be considered a push poll. The number of calls is 500 for state Senate races and 200 calls for House races.

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