Obama, Romney race tightens in New Hampshire, poll shows
July 17th, 2012
07:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney race tightens in New Hampshire, poll shows

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's advantage over Mitt Romney has narrowed in New Hampshire, according to a new poll released Tuesday, with Obama taking 49% of likely voters with Romney at 45%.

That four-point difference is within the poll's sampling margin among likely voters. Only 3% of voters are undecided, while 4% favor a different candidate, the poll showed.

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Tuesday's numbers in the WMUR Granite State Poll indicated Romney was gaining ground on Obama compared to earlier in the year. In April, Obama was ahead by nine points, and in February, he was up by 10.

Romney, who was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, could benefit from disapproval of the president's handling of the economy. Only 38% of independents and 7% of Republicans approve of Obama's handling of the economy, while 83% of Democrats feel the same way.

The poll shows independent voters are nearly split between Romney and Obama, 41% to 40%.

Although Obama won New Hampshire by a nine-point margin in 2008, 54% to 45%, the presidential races in 2004 and 2000 were decided by one or two point margins.

The state - with four electoral votes - is one of seven tossup states on the CNN Electoral Map.

The poll was conducted from July 5 to July 15. It included 521 New Hampshire adults reached by telephone with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 points, and a smaller sample of likely general election voters in the state with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. WeR4Freedom

    New Hampshire 4 Mitt. American people 4 Mitt. We are tired of lies from obama and his cronies who are not for middle class America, stay at home moms or business owners.

    July 17, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. romneycares less

    OBAMA 2012! An honest American!

    July 17, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. cali ha ha

    I don't get who trust romney at this point. Is republican a religion.

    July 17, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    In February, there were 6 GOP Clowns in the car. By April, they were down to 2 or 3 depending on when the poll was conducted. Any poll prior to Romney locking in the nomination and all the other candidates out of the race was useless for comparrisonsand CNN should know that.

    July 17, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It appears that seniors who are republicans are hoping that Mittens will finally take away their health care, take away social security, take away VA benefits, and give more tax help to the wealthiest Americans. Two more wars with Mittens.

    July 17, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Name

    Those polls mean nothing the prez is ahead on most of the so called battleground state except florida he is only ahead by 1 point for now but he will win florida it does not matter what cheating scott and robmey do

    July 17, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. raphael ruiz

    to the people in new hamshire how is this country suppose to get better when romeys friends in BAIN CAPITOL keep closing down jobs and senting them to CHINA in freeport illinois the are having the people there train chinnesse who will take over there jobs thats a disgrace it will hurt ever american evenually. its time for those investor to pull there money.

    July 17, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    A lot of people think RMoney is going to put THEM in the top 1%. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Talk about delusional. rmoney wants cheap labor for his buddies. You don't get wealthy making minimum wage or less.

    July 17, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. CRAIG

    Why is it so close? I can understand the hard core Republicans interest in Romney but anyone else....I don't know. Obama is head & shoulders over Romney in character, IQ, passion for America & the drive to make us better after years of Republican neglect. I wonder if they're so close because of bigotry. Maybe people can't stand it because he's black. That's the only thing I can think of as Romney has absolutely nothing to offer. He's just another empty suit who the corporate powers will manipulate like the vacuous puppet that he is.

    July 17, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Anyone that disapproves of the economy should FIRE REPUBLICANS from the House. The President has been fighting against OBSTRUCTIONISTS for 3.5 years. As soon as he got in office, Mitch McConnell revieled his number one priority . . . to make Barack Obama a failure

    July 17, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Obama/ Biden 2012's campaign of empty attacks and no plan for America does not resonate with Americans outside of Washington. Guess what Obama? It's not about you. It's about the nation. It's about the citizens. Get a clue.

    July 18, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |