Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?
June 19th, 2014
12:09 PM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?

(CNN) – He's said over and over that he won't run for the White House a third time, but a new poll indicates that if Mitt Romney changed his mind and made another bid for president, he'd be the frontrunner among Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

According to the Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey, which was released Thursday, 24% of Granite State Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that Romney would be their first choice for their party's presidential nomination.

Among the potential 2016 GOP contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a distant second, at 9%, with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8%, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%.

Mitt Romney back on the campaign trail

While the survey may make headlines, it's important to remember that Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home in the state, has often appeared at GOP events in New Hampshire, and was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. Romney easily won the 2012 Republican primary, but lost the state by six percentage points to President Barack Obama in the general election.

Romney on 2016: 'The answer is no'

And the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has been very clear about his 2016 intentions.

"I'm not running," Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," a line Romney's used in interviews every time he's asked about whether he'll make a third bid for the White House. Romney's wife, Ann, has also been adamant against another run.

"Very sorry, Mrs. Romney. We had to ask the question," Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos joked to CNN.

Mitt Romney’s high-powered gathering

Paleologos added that the results speak to "the weakness of the GOP field at this point in time."

Without Romney, Christie and Paul were tied at 11% as the first choice for the nomination among Republicans in New Hampshire, with Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas each at 8%.

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll was conducted June 14-15 and June 17-18, with 800 likely voters in New Hampshire questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. tom p

    either mainstream news is trying to gatekeep me into voting for who they want me to vote for, or the republican party actually is this stupid. If you think me voting for gary johnson was a fluke, it wasnt. if you keep propping up these rino republicans and think im going to just hold my nose and vote, you will never see the main office again. we don't need to lower our standards, you need to improve yours.

    June 19, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Bill

    He can't run again because of the three strikes law, right?

    June 19, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Mitt wit is a loser he tried to lean right to please the Tearepulicans then he flip flopped on everything he said now Mitt wit is trying to look smart by being a arm chair quarter back Mitt wit is good at bankrupting companies and dumping it's employees into the government.

    June 19, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Cory111

    Romney sated, "No that I've learned how to run our one-story elevator I feel even more qualified for the job."

    June 19, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Steve

    If the election were held today between Romney and Obsma after Romney was proven right on many of the debate responses he was initially criticized for, he would win. People are finally waking up to the incompetent loser Obama really is. He's taking a well deserved dive in the polls

    June 19, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. G Jotti

    What? Someone mentioned chemical weapons stockpiles and lies from bush? The chemical weapons plant that was seized by ISIS was used to make chemical weapons, the same that were used against IRAN. After fighting IRAN, IRAQ (saddam) shut down the plan due to international pressure. ISIS cannot make chemical weapons with the planet, and the old weapons have long since been disarmed or are in such disrepair that they are not weaponizable. This was before we went into IRAQ...hence why there were no weapons in IRAQ when the bush administration said there were.

    Please stop spreading misinformation. Fox news does that enough.

    June 19, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Cory111

    Romney stated, "Now that I'm fully qualified to run our one-story elevator I feel even more qualified to be president."

    June 19, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Xplain_plz

    I'm had to grin while reading this. Imagine the outrage from the TP faction if Romney was nominated again. Imagine Romney trying to debate Hilary Clinton. Unbelievable.

    June 19, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Gray

    People think that Romney would be good because he's a successful businessman. That is the worst thing if you understand business. Business is about making money. That's it. When having to save costs, executives, who make hundreds to thousands of dollars a year of their average employee, they choose to do layoffs instead of a paycut. I'm glad that Romney isn't running. If he did and won, then the middle class would be eliminated. That would be the last nail in the coffin.

    June 19, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. nytw

    When will the GOP realize WE, THE PEOPLE want a Real Conservative candidate not a leftist RINO candidate.

    June 19, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Kim

    Please Mitten run.

    June 19, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    OK, We can save a lot of money by canceling the 2016 election and declaring Hillary president.
    The Republicans are SOOOOOOOOO desperate that they are considering this useless, hopeless, bumbling idiot to run for president.
    Not only that but apparently Rick Perry is ALSO considering another run, all the late night comedians can't wait.

    June 19, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Vote third party!

    June 19, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. American Worker

    Too Late?

    June 19, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Peter Von Berg

    Oh please please please let the fool run again. It will be such a pleasure to crush him yet again.

    June 19, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Joe

    Oh please. Let South Dakota Sen. John Thune run, not you Mitt. Even Tim Pawlenty would be a good GOP nominee. Haley Barbour. John Engler of Michigan. Move on.

    June 19, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Marc

    By all means – put him out there again!! Look forward to the GOP slaughter when that happens!!

    Can you say "President Hillary Clinton"?

    June 19, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Terry b

    Romney, sadly, was referred to as hitler lite. Worse people like Rick perry were considered hitler clones. Much like the current GOP candidates. Every time a Romney speech came on prior to the election I couldn't help standing up, clicking my heels and yell out sieg heil. That is very unnerving but very appropriate as a response to the similarities to these candidate and the prior chancellor of Germany.

    June 19, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. oliver

    "If Mitt Romney changed his mind..."

    That one line made my whole day. Haha. Of course he'll change his mind, as he has with -everything- else.

    June 19, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Icarus

    Rerun he loser? Works for me.

    June 19, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Does anyone think the 49 percent have forgotten him?

    June 19, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    49 percent say NO. That's a pretty good head start.

    June 19, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Mangolian

    I must say, this about says it all about how completely devoid of new ideas the GOP is.

    June 19, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I'm not crazy about the Democrats or Hilary Clinton, but I'd rather have them than the Republicans. I honestly think the Democrats represent the full range of American political opinion more than the Republicans. You can be a conservative, moderate or liberal Democrat depending on your district, but it seems in recent decades Republicans only want to appeal to the conservative voters. So if you have to choose one party or the other to lead a nation made up of conservatives, moderates, and liberals, I'll choose the one with the wider range.

    June 19, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. American Worker

    Problem is that Sectarian Supremacist will stay home again and blame others for their negligence of being civilly engaged.

    We need candidates that can put their oaths to being impartial and inclusive above their Personal Beliefs and Social Doctrine. Those elected to governance can believe whatever they want but they must be impartial and inclusive in the execution of their elected post.

    Our governance must assure that it, other governments, businesses, groups, and individuals let the people be.

    With an Executive branch that is limited to its intended role of being the inclusive and impartial Executor of our Laws and Regulations. Laws and Regulations that are limited to mitigating the actions of the careless, impartial, malicious, and ant-functional.

    June 19, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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