Obama up in battleground New Hampshire
October 22nd, 2012
04:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama up in battleground New Hampshire

(CNN) – The latest poll in New Hampshire – the first survey taken in the state after the second presidential debate – shows President Barack Obama with an eight point lead over his rival Mitt Romney.

The survey from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Obama at 49% among likely New Hampshire voters, compared to 41% who said they'd support Romney. Another 9% remained undecided. There are 4 electoral votes at stake in the Granite State.

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A poll taken before the second presidential debate, which was held October 16 on Long Island, showed the two candidates in a dead heat. That poll, from Suffolk University, had both Obama and Romney at 47%. And an American Research Group poll, also conducted ahead of the second debate, showed Romney edging Obama, 50%-46%. Both the Suffolk poll and the ARG survey were conducted after the first presidential debate, held October 3 in Denver.

The UNH poll released Monday showed a significant gender gap persisting in the Granite State. Among women, Obama held a 23-point lead over Romney, 57%-34%. Romney held an edge among men, 49%-42%.

For much of the presidential campaign, Obama has maintained an edge over his rival in New Hampshire. The race narrowed after the first presidential debate, which most observers said Romney won decisively. The former Massachusetts governor campaigned heavily in New Hampshire ahead of its first-in-the-nation primary in January. Obama last campaigned in the state on Thursday.

The UNH poll was conducted by telephone October 17-21 from 773 likely New Hampshire voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. 333maxwell

    I've already voted for the President (it felt great).

    Polls are silly at this point of the election in 2012.

    Get out there and vote, regardless what any silly polls tell you.... ya hear?

    October 22, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Willard should be dissappointed. He's losing in the all the states where he owns homes in besides for the mormon capitol of Utah.

    October 22, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Joseph Agunbiade

    Time for Romney to call it quit!

    October 22, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Critical Thinking

    Already voted for Romney, even before he clobbers the President in the final debate.

    October 22, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Joe Kenya

    Wow! Jon Sununu the bigot of the East must be pulling his hair out on this one...

    October 22, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Yamadog

    Wow, I can't beleive this is hot off the press and I am the first to state my comments.

    October 22, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Sean

    Why is it that no one is talking about the money AIG donated to the Obama,s campain the first time he was running for office as be stated how many MILLIONS of DOLLARS he was spending each mounth, and once he got in to office all of a sudden there was this sudden AIG needed this HUGE BAIL OUT. Why did they give him MILLIONS if there bank account was running LOW, yet why did it come to a head as soon as he became president that AIG NEEDED MULTI MILLIONS IN BAIL OUT CASH.

    October 22, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Yamadog

    Why do they call Romney by the nickname of Willard? Is that somehow connected to Mitt?

    October 22, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Tony

    Yamadog, Willard Mitt Romney is Romney's full name.

    October 22, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Sean

    Why is it that no one is talking about the money AIG donated to the Obama,s campain the first time he was running for office as be stated how many MILLIONS of DOLLARS he was spending each mounth, and once he got in to office all of a sudden there was this sudden AIG needed this HUGE BAIL OUT. Why did they give him MILLIONS if there bank account was running LOW, yet why did it come to a head as soon as he became president that AIG NEEDED MULTI MILLIONS IN BAIL OUT CASH.

    October 22, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Phil

    Anybody who votes for Obama intentionally and directly helps put our country in more turmoil with your blind & errogant elligance to a man that promised the world in 2008 and failed to deliver. He is a career opportunist and people who continue to help our country go further and further into debt should be ashamed of themselves!

    October 22, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. I Voted Early In NC

    Sounds good to me.

    October 22, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Cherry Stevens

    Voted for Obama last time because I believed in his leadership style. A I will be voting for Obama again this year because he is who I thought he was. I am clear on where he stands as a father, a christian, a leader, a statesman, a commander in chief, a President. I don't know what the hell Romnesia stands for. And Neither do you!!!! so that makes YOU the blind one! No harm meant to those who are, or who have family/friends who are legally blind.

    October 22, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Obama's leading in every poll, there is no dead heat, there is no slight lead, bottom line Romney's numbers are dropping in every poll, nobody wants him, nobody wants war with Iran, nobody wants his five(5) sons sitting comfortably at home while Romney sends their sons and daughters to war, nobody wants a man who says he only cares about 47% of Americans, nobody wants a man who says he likes firing people, nobody wants a man who just out right lies, nobody wants a man who refuses to show his taxes, nobody wants a man who thinks of women as a "binder full of women". The Romney clan care nothing about anyone but themselves and their personal wealth that's hidden in the Cayman Island and Swiss bank accounts.

    October 22, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Cherry Stevens

    America has no tolerance for ROMNESIA!!! That's not what we do... That's not who we are...

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!! FORWARD!!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Facts Matter

    Sean: Why is it that no one is talking about the money AIG donated to the Obama,s campain the first time he was running for office as be stated how many MILLIONS of DOLLARS he was spending each mounth, and once he got in to office all of a sudden there was this sudden AIG needed this HUGE BAIL OUT.
    ______________

    No one is talking about that because the TARP bailout of AIG was not all of a sudden when Obama got into office. I know it is politically convenient to pretend that all of the bailouts were done by the Obama administration, but the facts just don't support that lie. The economy began to tank in 2008 before Obama was elected. The bailouts began in 2008 before Obama was elected. Perhaps if you didn't believe everything you saw on Faux News, you might not be so surprised with facts. AIG contributions were to Democrats and Republicans. Are you outraged that Republicans took their money. Did you even know?

    For what it’s worth, President George W. Bush got $160,160 from AIG in 2004, more than the $104,332 amount AIG gave Obama in 2008. Perhaps you should be outraged at Bush's bailout of AIG when he took so much money from AIG when campaigning. My guess is that you're not outraged in the least because it doesn't fit into your neat little bash Obama theory.

    Anyway, that is why people that take the time to find out the truth instead of believing everything they hear are not outraged. Facts matter.

    October 22, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. 2020

    only dummy votes for Romney, you either 1% or no body.

    October 22, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. thefuriousmoderate

    Actually if you look at LIKELY VOTERS in this poll, the president leads by +9 points, showing an enthusiasm gap in NH is favoring the president.

    October 22, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    honestly think that's funny – i wonder what the crazy ex-governor thinks about that one ? I guess they couldn't take it, after 4 years of SUN NEW NEW -

    This is the first day of early voting here in this state – I was behind approx 150 ppl in line at the local library – line went very fast – it took me about a minute – voted a straight ticket – then I was out of there. Makes me wonder why the line went so fast – maybe the other ppl voted straight ticket also ?

    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 ( with a "surplus" in – 2018 )

    October 22, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Yonni

    World and history will never forgive us if we elect another CEO for president.

    October 22, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Romney will definitely win Guam – Matt Romney, the son of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, stumped for his dad in Guam today helping his father and the Mitt Money.com campain .

    The crowd of around ten was chanting , keep Tagg employed 2012.

    October 22, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. obamaisbest

    I voted for Obama again. In the coming elections, if Mrs. Obama runs, I will be voting without a question.

    October 22, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Lulu

    If you vote for Romney, he will get the credit for the hard work that Obama has started. Romney likes the power and the limelight and will put the rich first in his agenda . Obama is honest and true and will continue fighting for the middle class.

    October 22, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Philip Mao

    Obamacare 4 da world. Thats what we need.

    October 22, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. New Moon Rising

    Is it really true that Mitt Romney STILL Hasn't shown us any TAXES ????? Hey Mittens ... Where's at least 5 years of tax returns

    October 22, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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