N.H. Poll: Clinton way ahead among Dems, GOP lacks clear favorite
August 8th, 2013
09:44 AM ET
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N.H. Poll: Clinton way ahead among Dems, GOP lacks clear favorite

(CNN) – While a new poll shows Hillary Clinton as the favorite among New Hampshire Democrats in a potential 2016 presidential run, the survey indicates the GOP lacks a clear frontrunner in the Granite State.

But the New Hampshire primary is about two and a half years away, leaving plenty of time for the 2016 political landscape to change.

According to the WMUR Granite State poll released this week, 62% of likely Democratic primary voters say they would vote for Clinton if the election were held today, while 8% choose Vice President Joe Biden, 5% support Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and 1% prefer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nineteen percent say that are undecided.

Among likely Republican primary voters, 21% say they back New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 16% support Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 10% choose former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 8% favor 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and 6% back Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry each receive 4%, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets 2%.

Some potential Republican candidates have already put New Hampshire on their summer itinerary. Paul appeared at a fundraiser in Concord in May, and Cruz is set to attend a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser later this month. Two other possible candidates, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Peter King of New York, have also traveled to the state this summer.

On the Democratic side, Biden is set to headline a fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan in a couple of weeks.

For the poll, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center interviewed 516 adults in the state by telephone from July 18-29. The sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Included in the survey were 200 likely 2016 Republican primary voters and 190 likely 2016 Democratic primary voters.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. THomas

    Mitt Romney 2016

    The Third Time's The Charm !

    Romney / Paul

    August 8, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. MaryM

    Poor GOPers, don't have a viable candidate and are scared to death of Hillary

    August 8, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    @Tom,

    And which party do "racists" vote for? Surely not the party of Obama and Pelosi. QED, dude.

    While you may not be racist, racists vote for the GOP
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    Too bad you are not 100% correct, DD! Who do you think Jackson, Sharpton, the CBC, and the NAACP voted for? Surely not the party of Bush and Boehner!

    August 8, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    Christy could possibly get the nomination, who else have they got ? everyone else, is just too far to the right, besides, Christy would have problems with the T party types . . . . Too bad, that's is what is going to kill them in the up-coming elections, in the future . . . To be perfectly honest, I would welcome a republican, and possibly vote for him or her . . . ( I am an Independent voter) But the problem that I see is this : Is there a decent republican out there, that will let the women's issues / the gay issues / the abortion issues & etc be secondary ? or at least let the States deal with those Issues ? These have been "Issues" for the last several presidential elections – and it comes up every time, at every election . . .every 4 years . . . How about dealing with a "Job" or un-employment problem ? or How about dealing with a host of other Issues that this country is facing, or going to face ? ( such as the Debt, is a good start)

    August 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    @Tom,

    And which party do "racists" vote for? Surely not the party of Obama and Pelosi. QED, dude.

    While you may not be racist, racists vote for the GOP
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    Too bad you are only 50% correct, DD! Quite a few voted for the Dems, unless your telling me their are no racists (to include the "reverse" version) in your party!

    August 8, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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