Romney has big lead in New Hampshire
February 14th, 2011
06:05 PM ET
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Romney has big lead in New Hampshire

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the early favorite in the New Hampshire Republican primary, according to a new poll.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows Romney with 40 percent of the vote, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with ten percent, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with seven percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with seven percent.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin both received six percent. Five percent went to Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. Real estate mogul Donald Trump received three percent and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour both received one percent.

But 78 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they have yet to decide who they will vote for, and only seven percent said they had made up their minds.

Romney, who came in second to Arizona Sen. John McCain in the 2008 New Hampshire Republican primary, has consistently led the pack in recent WMUR polls. He also has the highest favorability rating at 73 percent among likely Republican voters.

On the Democratic side, 65 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they will vote for Obama and 27 percent are undecided.

At this point Romney is leading Obama in a hypothetical math-up 49 percent to 41 percent. Obama fairs better against Palin, 57 percent to 34 percent and leads Pawlenty 44 percent to 37 percent.

The Granite State is the site of the first-in-the-nation primary of presidential candidates and has seen a string of potential 2012ers frequent the state in recent weeks including Santorum, Pawlenty, Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The poll surveyed 757 New Hampshire adults between January 28 and February 7 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The subsample of 259 likely Democratic primary voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 6.1 percentage points and the subsample of 357 likely Republican voters has a sampling error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
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  1. diridi

    with two sun glasses dudes, and one white hair dude???? I never vote for this idiot....he talks no sense at all...I am an educated...In fact, I more educated than this dude....I am telling, he will not win...period...

    February 14, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Indy

    Hard to believe there are 37 people in this poll that would vote for Palin, that is a lot more people then one would think. The seven and a half people that voted for Haley Barbour should get together with all the other people that voted for him in other states and they could be 20 people strong !

    February 14, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |