It's still Romney on top in NH
December 25th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
2 years ago

It's still Romney on top in NH

(CNN) – Mitt Romney continues to hold a solid lead among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire in the run-up to the January 10 primary, according to a recent survey.

A Boston Globe poll released Sunday showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, on top with 39% support followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas tied with 17% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 11%. The remaining candidates each garnered 3% support or less.

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Since a similar poll in November, Romney dropped by 3 percentage points, while Paul gained 5 percentage points, Huntsman picked up 3 percentage points and Gingrich increased by 2 percentage points.

Overall Romney is the consistent leader among likely GOP primary voters in Granite State polling, yet the standing of the other candidates is more fluid.

Forty-six percent of Republican voters said they are still trying to decide who to back in the primary, while 26% said they made up their mind and 28% said they were leaning toward a candidate.

The Globe survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, polled 543 likely voters via telephone between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. It had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. lannie

    Now its time for him to release his emails as governor and his tax returns. Mr. Privileged $10,000 bet millionaire.

    December 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Chris

    This country will never vote mormon into the white house ...never

    December 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Leroy

    Willard Mitt Romney has a bad habit of lying about and distorting President Obama's record. If elected, he will continue to lie and distort the truth. He will be a "No Term President"!

    December 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. skarphace

    Huntsman is making good strides. He is the one candidate I could consider besides Ron Paul. However, Huntsman has thrown all his efforts at NH. Hopefully he starts doing better nationally.

    December 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Beka

    It's not about your religion and how rich you are, its about how capable the person is to run this country. Put your beliefs and your opinions aside, and vote for the right person to make your lives better in the next 5 years to come. Thanks a lot.

    December 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Senor Ed

    Vote for Mitt so he can outsource even more American jobs. Vote for job creation ... overseas.

    December 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. vivian

    FOUR MORE YEARS! Romney is fake, plastic, phoney, contrived, molded, not genuine. America is a nation not a corporation, we need a president not a CEO.

    December 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. jose

    better that someone like obama than never work in his life....

    December 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. William

    Romney is nothing but another career politician from Massachusetts, which is the last thing we need. He's also the least conservative. Ron Paul is the only real conservative in the Presidential race, and I think an excellent choice for the people who want to take the country back from the downward spiral it is in. We surely can't take another 4 years of Obama or this place will be a cesspool.

    December 25, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. For Family Values

    You republicans might as well get used to it, Romney will be your candidate.

    December 25, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. TTommy

    I was leaning towards Gingrich until I heard him talking about hauling in judges in front of congress to explain their decisions. Even leftist, nut job, activist judges who deserve to have to explain their decisions (and I'd like to hear them) shouldn't be forced to go through that. That's dangerous and a clear violation of the intent of our founding fathers for the separation of the three branches of government.

    December 25, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Mark

    While I have not been an Obama fan, when you start using pathetic, childish names like "Obummie", does anyone really think they are going to change anyone's positions with that garbage? As an Indie I could go either way – and so far I am not seeing much on the right side to impress me

    December 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Bill

    A Boston Globe poll shows a Massachusetts candidate on top? Bias much?

    December 25, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is tiring to read the crap that the disciples of Glenn Beck and Hanoi Hannity post here daily. Wingnuts ust keep repeating those foreign owned media talking points, but who knows, maybe the Kochs will discover you, and you will be able to move out of your parents basement.

    December 25, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Caihlyn

    The average Joe going to public schools with a back pack over his shoulder will never become president...and that is the way the politicians want it. Leaders are privately schooled, average Joes are public schooled with an ever increasing social curriculum and an ever decreasing academic curriculum. The gap widens...and we are falling through it even as we speak.

    December 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. FedUpWithLife

    Romney....Romney....name sounds kinda familiar, but I can't place him.

    December 25, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Ethan

    To be honest, none of these GOP candidates would make a good president except for Ron Paul. John Huntsman's alright. As for the outcome of this election, Ron Paul's standing rose and will continue to rise. I'm from Iowa and I can tell that his numbers never went down here. Romney seemed to hit his limit (in iowa at least). Ron Paul 2012!

    December 25, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. TheMagusNYC

    I'm really happy with our president's "hopey, changey" thing. He inherited the Titanic, and it looks like we're gonna make it, thanks to good folks everywhere. And instead of having to hear nonsense from Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, we hear from more sensible folks. We're in good hands in hard times, God is with us.

    December 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hope and Change is working quite well. We are no longer losing 8 million jobs like we did in Bush's last three years, 21 consecutive months of job growth, 3 million jobs created with the stimulus, the American auto industry along with almost 2 million auto related jobs has been saved, Our troops are out the Iraq, DADT has been repealed, 160 million workers have some relief for the next two months, women's rights are protected, we have not had a terrorist attack on American soil, bin Laden and most of the al Qaida leaders are gone, and the stock market is up over 12,000 from under 8000 in January of 2009. All this in spite of the republican efforts to destroy our country.

    December 25, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Greg Morgan

    Romney prides himself on his business record after he bankrupted companies and killed thousands of jobs; he is against "Obamacare", which is based on the healthcare reforms that he is responsible for in Massachusetts; he is for abortion rights and he is against abortion rights; he is a member of a church that denies leadership roles to women, and that denied leadership roles to black men until 1978. And he's named after a baseball glove. Can the Republicans really be stupid enough to nominate this guy?

    December 25, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. donna

    I remember Romney in a debate against Senator Kennedy. He said that he was Pro-Choice and wouldn't interfere with current law and would seek to preserve Roe v Wade. He said he first became Pro-Choice through his mother's losing Senate campaign in 1970. He because a staunch defender of Roe v Wade because he had a family member who died during an illegal abortion. This personal experience made him a rock-solid supporter of women's choice.

    Today if you visit his website, he states in his pro-Life pledge, the following, "I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

    I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad..."

    I know how he flip flops on issues but during the Kennedy debate he made such a big deal out of the traumatic experience of losing a family member to illegal abortions re his need to preserve the law, that I am absolutely disgusted by him.

    December 25, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. gaulix

    The New Jerusalem coming in the U.S. ?
    After bombing Iran & make the riches richer, Romney will prepare our latter-days.

    December 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. James N. Mayfield

    The headline is misleading, as usual. A lead in one state does not a national election make. As a Democrat, I am not invested in who will be the Republican nominee. But, the lack of objectivity and shallow "anointing" of a candidate does not reflect well on the national press corp. But, don't blame me, I voted for Hillary.

    December 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Dave A

    Hey Keith. Wha? Big military but Small Government. Impossible repube logic. In fact, Obama did and will create change,
    My kids and I LOVE our health insurance. Thank you Mr. president!

    December 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. TheMagusNYC

    With every Mormon on earth funding the Romney SuperPac, without legal limits, expect ever more intense fabrication against our esteemed President of the United States, Barack Obama. Of course, everyone is voting first of all based on race or religion or religion-based dogmas about rights of zygotes; but these influences pretty well balance out, with whoever has the most powerful media messages taking the prize, and then hiring their friends. No doubts the accomplishments of our president far outweigh those of any GOP candidate.

    December 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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