Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?
June 19th, 2014
12:09 PM ET
1 month 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. TomGI

    "Romney the frontrunner in 2016?"

    Well AIPAC would sure support him.

    June 19, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. HEYDUDE

    God please no...he will loose again and we will be screwed

    June 19, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Donnie the Lion

    "If Mitt's first, you're last." – Ricky Bobby

    June 19, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. aaron

    Romney is likely just the least repugnant of the GOP candidates. He won their freak show of candidates last round due to that. His views changed depending on the audience he was speaking to. Not sure what he was for or against other than the given, cutting taxes for the rich. Recycle him and Palin, let them run as a pair, ensure Dem victory again in 2016.

    June 19, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. calvin

    I Wish Governor Jan Brewer was running, she'd definitely stop the Immigration crisis

    June 19, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson "So you are having Buyers Remorse with the Community Organizer? "
    ---------
    Today Obama is a do nothing community organizer with no ability.
    Tomorrow he will be an efficient and total dictator carrying on the most perfect cover-up in history.
    Then the next day back to no ability I suppose.

    June 19, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @Mark
    He will not run. The Tea Party won't allow it.
    --------–
    I agree. Romney probably cannot pass the Tea Party Purity test including Religion Purity test. You probably need to be very conservative evangelical Christian to pass that part. They are not big on "variety".

    June 19, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @HEYDUDE

    "God please no...he will loose again and we will be screwed"

    God please no...he might somehow accidently win this time and we will all be screwed

    FIFY

    June 19, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. qsmurf

    LMAO! The epitome of conservatism and its failures....try something once, when it doesn't work, double down and try again...and again, and again, as many times as is necessary to prove you have nothing to offer this country!

    June 19, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. diane munkirs

    I am for Gov. Scott Walker for our nominee.

    June 19, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. grumpy0ldman

    It doesn't matter who they run. The GOP has moved so far to the right that moderate voters like me will not vote for them.

    June 19, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Robert N. constant

    I am from Massachusetts. When Romney became Governor of Massachusetts, in one year he doubled the cost of Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities to give tax breaks to the rich, His Bain Capital accountants did it by raising the fees because he needed legislative approval to raise tuition and could not get it.
    It was these same Bain Capital hot shots who established the paradigm to buy American Industrial companies, , strip them of their assets and them sell them to the Third World at great profit, sending millions of American jobs to China and the rest of the third world.
    There are few Americans who have selfishly done as much damage to the people of the United States as Mitt Romney

    June 19, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    calvin

    I Wish Governor Jan Brewer was running, she'd definitely stop the Immigration crisis

    Sure... like she has in Arizona?
    Sorry man, but I don't want an America where I have to 'show my papers' to the jack booted thugs.
    That isn't what America is supposed to be about. You keep her in Arizona... she'll do way less damage in a red state than she would in the real world.

    June 19, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Tommy G

    Obama amd his total incompetence domestically and now internationally has poisoned the well for ANY Democrat running in 2014 and 2016. Every day brings another 'I read about it in the newspaper' Obama moment, or another international crisis that reveals total lack of leadership and ability to act. Almost 6 years in office and the same canned lines, canned excuses, canned finger pointing, etc. has everybody except the rabid lefties finally accepting that Obama is just clueless and has no idea what to do, except campaign fund raise.

    June 19, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I Wish Governor Jan Brewer was running, she'd definitely stop the Immigration crisis"

    Perhaps. As it is, she can stop a clock, so maybe if we use her as a scarecrow on the border?

    June 19, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Greg Mappin

    Even the media has to see by now just how dysfunctional and divisive this DO NOTHING president is. He's allowing the destruction of our culture by opening the southern border. We are being invaded by illegal immigrants.

    June 19, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. gb0423

    As a regular viewer of Comedy Central, I beg you Mittens, please run again!

    June 19, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. just asking

    Silence DoGood
    Today Obama is a do nothing community organizer with no ability.
    Tomorrow he will be an efficient and total dictator carrying on the most perfect cover-up in history.
    -–

    so you don't think that a person can be trampling our constitution and government processes while at the same time being a totally incompetent buffoon? one has nothing to do with the other. obama has been both. and that has been well documented after 5.5 years.

    June 19, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Anthony

    The good news for Romney fans is that Romney is still the best Republican candidate. The good news for the Democrats is that Romney is still the best Republican candidate. Romney fans and the Democrats should work together to make it happen.

    Come on, Republicans, nominate Romney again. It would be fun for the Democrats to beat Romney again. This time we promise that we will finish him off.

    June 19, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Swedge70

    Man, just when you think the GOP could get no more sad, you see something like this.

    June 19, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. NameFrank Deery

    The American public now knows Gov Romney was right about Russia, health care(no lies in Mass when he ushered in their plan), and he has needed experience in
    business and governing Mr Obama lacked.
    The Left ridiculed him for his wealth, while millionaire Democrats, like Feinstein and Pelosi, and a host of others kept silent.

    Run again Mitt! I voted for him in 2012 and would do so again! We need a strong, patriotic, and tough President now. Not one who fundraises and golfs in crisis after crisis.

    June 19, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. chaing

    The same 'ol horses. The same 'ol BS!

    June 19, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Griff

    Please.... Spare us the ranting of this bumbling idiot from now until 2016!!! This man has no clue as to what it takes to be the POTUS. A thorough landslide butt-kicking in 2012 proves that. He needs to get rid of the Hannitys, Limbaughs, Palins, Coulters, from the left side and they may have a chance. With idiots like this championing your cause and agenda, it is no wonder republicans lose so badly!!!

    June 19, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. labman57

    Einsteinian insanity continues to be prevalent among conservative pundits, politicians, and voters.

    MItt's tendency to flip-flop on his policy positions is somewhat akin to coherent superposition in the field of quantum mechanics. In much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative, depending on the situation. It is not that he is one or the other; it is not that he is one and then the other. He is both at the same time.

    However, what type of political ideology Romney displays at any given moment will depend on the audience's expectations - what he thinks you want to see is what you'll get.

    June 19, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Gary

    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.
    Wasn't it someone on the right who said. " Best horse in the glue factory"

    June 19, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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