Poll: Romney overwhelming front-runner in N.H.
September 21st, 2011
11:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Romney overwhelming front-runner in N.H.

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be the leader in national polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but a new survey indicates that in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney's still way ahead of the rest of the pack.

According to a Suffolk University/7 News poll released Wednesday night, 41 percent of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters say they support Romney. The survey indicates that Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who's making his second bid for president, has a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

In second place at 14 percent is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the presidency, followed by former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 10 percent.

According to the poll, Perry's at eight percent, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at six percent. The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee has flirted with a bid for the nomination, but hasn't taken any concrete steps to start up a campaign. The survey indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at five percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at four percent, and everyone else in the lower single digits. Eleven percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State were undecided.

The survey indicates Romney's gained five points from June, with Huntsman and Paul each increasing six points.

"Mitt Romney is saying 'get out of my back yard' and making New Hampshire his strong firewall despite showing some weakness in the other states' early primaries," says David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University's Political Research Center. "The anti-Romney candidate at this point could be either Ron Paul, who has polled consistently over the past year, or Jon Huntsman, whose numbers are really growing in the Granite State."

Romney has made a few appearances in Iowa this year, but has spent much more in New Hampshire. Huntsman appears to be putting all his chips into a strong showing in the Granite State, which comes second after Iowa in the primary and caucus calendar.

The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted September 18-20, with 400 likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters questioned by telephone.

The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls • Rick Perry
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Whoosh

    OBama will be reelected. It will be close but, Americans aren't as dumb as the right wing thinks.

    September 22, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Whome

    Good deal because I want him in long enough so I can vote against him.

    September 22, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Preston

    This shows a fundamental problem with Rick Perry... he has no game in the northeast or really any where but the south... if he wins the nomination he will HAVE to take Rubio to have a chance in Florida (because he would absolutely have to win Florida)... which would leave him with nothing outside of the south in a general election. If Romney wins the nomination, he can take Rubio to win Florida AND still pull off some of the states in the Northeast, he will win the west because although mormon's are not a major percentage of the west they are a relevant percentage... AND the mormon vote turn out is something ridiculous like 90%, which would automatically give him a lead in the west.

    Romney/Rubio 2012

    September 22, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. GODZILLA1

    Maybe Romney carries New Hampshire but he is toast up against Perry in the South.

    September 22, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Joe Mama

    Wow Whoosh that sounds great. I look forward to 4 years from now when a loaf of bread doubles in price again. I think I'll go ahead and vote for Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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