Poll: Romney steady at the top in New Hampshire
November 21st, 2011
02:32 PM ET
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Poll: Romney steady at the top in New Hampshire

(CNN) – A new poll shows Mitt Romney well ahead of the rest of the GOP presidential field in New Hampshire, continuing his steady hold in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

The former Massachusetts governor came in with 33% of support in a poll released Monday by the American Research Group.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took second with 22%, followed by Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 12%.

Georgia businessman Herman Cain placed fourth with 9%, with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 8%, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 2%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 2%, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 1%.

Romney, who's making his second run for president, has consistently polled high in the Granite State. In September, he came in with 30%, and in June he had 29%, according to numbers from the American Research Group.

The poll also reflects similar findings from a Bloomberg News survey released last week revealed Romney with 40% of support in New Hampshire.

But the White House hopeful doesn't hold as strong of a lead in other early voting states. Another Bloomberg poll last week showed Romney with 18% of support in Iowa, putting him in a virtual tie with Gingrich, Paul and Cain.

And a CNN/TIME/ORC poll at the end of October had Romney in ahead in South Carolina with 25%, while Cain followed closely behind at 23%, a margin within the sampling error.

Romney has spent considerable time courting voters in New Hampshire, which holds its primary, the second presidential contest, on Jan. 10. This weekend he picked up the highly-coveted endorsement from first-term Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a popular figure in the state.

American Research Group interviewed 600 likely Republican voters living in New Hampshire by telephone Nov. 16-20, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Whoosh

    There's something about this man that is cloaking.?????

    November 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Thomas

    It's great to see Mitt's sons working for there fathers campaign .

    They are truly doing there civic duty ! It's sad none of his five sons felt that way about military service in times of war !

    Privilege has it's perks !

    November 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Stevie

    Go Mitt! You are going to whip obama too.

    November 21, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. CNN; The Masters of Spin

    Romney will not be the Rep nominee......probably Newt will be the choice......the main reason Romney will not win is everyone knows that Ro0mney is exactly who the Obambi re-election team WANT to run against. Newt will challenge everything Obambi comes up with.....Romney wiill not!

    November 21, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Hmmph. I would compare the conservative attempts to find the anti-Romney candidate to their attempts to create jobs.

    November 21, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. VoteForCain

    NH voters are so smart. They chose 9% of them to support Cain's 9-9-9 plan.

    November 21, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    33% of votes in an 8-way race are pretty good numbers. I wonder if Huntsman is running for VP? Of course, the tea party would never go for that combination. They would want to make sure one of 'their' candidates was on the ticket – to keep Mitt in line. Heaven forbid he moves to the middle after the election.

    November 21, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. krissmith777

    I knew the NH Journal/Magellan poll showing Gingrich within two points had to be an outlier.

    November 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |