N.H. polls show Romney in lead, but a Santorum bounce
January 6th, 2012
08:46 PM ET
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N.H. polls show Romney in lead, but a Santorum bounce

(CNN) - Two polls released Friday show Mitt Romney maintaining his double-digit lead in New Hampshire, with Ron Paul keeping hold of the second-place spot.

Rick Santorum, who surged from the back of the pack to come within 8 votes of winning the Iowa caucuses, saw a bump in support in New Hampshire, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich saw his numbers decline since late December.

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Romney got the backing of 44% of likely GOP primary voters in a WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll, while 20% of voters said they supported Paul. The WMUR poll was taken between January 2-5, meaning voters were surveyed both before and after Tuesday's Iowa caucuses.

In a separate NBC/Marist University poll, Romney stood at 42% while Paul was at 22%. That poll was taken entirely after results from Iowa were known.

Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both nabbed the backing of 8% of those surveyed in the WMUR poll, but in NBC's poll taken after Iowa, Santorum saw his support jump to 13%, good enough to land in third place. NBC had Gingrich in fourth at 9%.

Both polls reflect a spike in support for Santorum and a drop for Gingrich. Santorum saw an increase of 5 percentage points since the WMUR poll was last taken in late December, while Gingrich's support declined by 9 points.

In NBC's last poll, taken in November, Santorum stood near the back in New Hampshire at 2%. That poll also showed Gingrich with 24% of the support of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters.

Other candidates all fared in the single digits – former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was at 7% in WMUR's survey and 9% in NBC's, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood at 1% in both.

The WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll surveyed 631 likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters by phone, and the sampling error was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

NBC/Marist polled 711 likely Granite State GOP primary voters over the phone, with a sampling error of 3.7 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Polls
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Tough USA

    Americans don't want Flipper or Sanatarium for POTUS. At least not when the United States is in a Crisis. Sorry. Wake up America. You don't put a bandade on a gunshot wound.
    Ron Paul will make tough cuts and the other candidates are simply four year puppets.
    Ever take notice that Paul never said he would create jobs. That's because government does'nt create jobs , Free Markets Do.

    Remember Media Manipulation leads to Psychological Manipulation (Google it)

    January 6, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. james

    Look, I guess Santorum is an OK guy. There are however several things I cannot abide. 1.) CREW The Center for Responsible Ethics in Washington named him one the most corrupt Senators in the nation. 2.) He has made several anti-gay, anti-black, and anti-peace comments publicly. 3.) Don't get me wrong, I feel really bad for his loss, I have two kids that are my life. This guy, took home a dead infant from the hospital and slept with it all night long and introduced it to his kids and what not. Christianity teaches us that the body is just a shell, after death it is to be discarded. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust. That entire act just creeps me out.

    January 6, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. gt

    rick ... sorry .. but your not the one americans have been looking for to lead them...pa show that ,, 18% loss remeber

    January 6, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Showmeyerpapers

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 720 000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    January 6, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Showmeyerpapers

    What about all the areas of our country where the standard of living is govt aid, where the american society has been utterly destroyed and unrecognizable. We once had the greatest nation on earth, now in so many places all we have is "the streets" depressed mehican varios or barrios as they are so proud to say. My once quiet street is now a mexexpressway . The clovis were here long before any mehicans or indians ever existed and they were WHITE. I say deport them all every single one of them, if theyve married americans send them along. Its time to go home and fix their rathole country and stop sucking us dry and preying on innocent americans! 720 000 americans thats 1 per day per state since 1970 not to mention 1960~1970,quite likely

    January 6, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Showmeyerpapers

    Still got my vote Mr Cain. Herman my man, my main man,the "hermanator" got the nwo scared to death . The man will allow the states to enforce the dadgum law against mehicos invasion of our lives! That would ruin everything for the nwo. Illegals must have murdered at least 720 000 americans in the last 50 years. Cant you hear their blood scream for justice from their graves? Our american brothers and sisters victims of federal ethnic cleansing! Sometimes at night i can hear a car horn stuck on as if in an accident,then another and another and so on when one goes silent the tune is carried on by others till they fill the night with the constant blare,the horrific ane sickening symphony of americans getting wiped out by illegal "hispanic" drivers, theyre wiping out entire families daily

    January 6, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. dwech

    The people of NH are more savvy and just, well... SMARTER than their counterparts in Iowa. Any Republican can't be happy with their apparent choices this year, but Santorum? Gives dumb a whole new meaning.

    January 6, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. melanie

    Hi every one.

    January 7, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  9. jodi bales

    This posting is full of lies. Nobody in their right mind would vote for any of these neo-cons. There all a product of AIPAC. The only guy that isn't is RON PAUL RON PAUL. And no matter how they fudge the votes, with their secret counting locations, and polls fraud, they will not stop the revolution. The tables have turned after OBama signed the NDAA. Obama is hitler and will be remembered for signing that NAZI bill. RON PAUL is the only choice. He just makes sense!!!!

    January 7, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  10. Joanne

    Santorum can't bounce. It can only surge or flop.

    January 7, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  11. Thomas

    Are the clowns going to pull the signs when the circus leaves town !

    I was looking at Asian and European news on the net . They are compering the republicans to a comedy show.

    They also didn't understand the hate so many Americans have for Obama. Yet , those do not speak of his predecessor who they voted for .

    January 7, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  12. jodi bales

    RON PAUL??Anyone there??RON PAUL is definately winning around 85% of everything.....

    January 7, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  13. jodi bales

    I'm sure my comments are awaiting moderation?????Freedom anyone?

    January 7, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    Forget NH – At this point, their vote is irrelevant because Romney was projected the winner a year ago, so it seems. It's BORING now and a waste of print; NH decided to "go with the flow" because their state touches Romney's!!! SC will get all of the news now where the winner is really a "toss up."

    Obama 2012!!

    January 7, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  15. Maltese Falcon

    So, therefore, the (non)contest has already been decided. It's the Republican warmonger vs. the Democratic warmonger. Another 10 years of kidnapping, bombing, assassinations, and propaganda. This crusade of theirs is really worth it. That's why Nixon ended the 60's 45 years ago, or whatever it was. Makes ya feel bored to be an Amerikan.

    January 7, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  16. GI Joe

    They're both poor examples of what a president should be. No Thanks.

    January 7, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  17. cigarman

    I sure hope that Santorum does get the Republican nomination, he would be a lot easier to beat than Paul orRomney. If the Republicans are stupid enough to nominate Santorum, Obama could keep that billion dollar war chest that the Republicans are claiming that he has, because he would not have to campaign.

    January 7, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  18. diridi

    Romney is front-runner, but will never win to Obama. This time, I am predicting Obama win with landslide victory, because, nation knows, these GOP idiots are not for Middle Class. They are for Rich, Corporate Greed, Oil, etc,.

    January 7, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |