Bachmann makes a big jump
June 29th, 2011
09:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann makes a big jump

(CNN) - New Hampshire Republicans gave Michele Bachmann the greatest bump among declared and potential GOP presidential candidates in a new poll.

The Suffolk University/7NEWS poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters released Tuesday night showed Mitt Romney on top with 36 percent support. Although he jumped one point since May, Bachmann, at 11 percent jumped eight points.

The Minnesota congresswoman announced her candidacy Monday in Iowa and has since taken her campaign to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney were the only candidates to receive double digit support. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas remained steady at 8 percent, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is not running, received 5 percent followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is considering a bid and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at four percent. Huntsman jumped four points since May, when he was not an official candidate.

Declared 2012 candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Palwenty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is not currently a candidate, received two percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania received one percent.

Fifty-one percent of those polled identified themselves as aligned with tea party ideals and 54 percent described themselves as conservative.

Gingrich and Palin topped the list of most trustworthy candidates, receiving 19 percent and 17 percent respectively. Romney received 10 percent.

The survey polled 400 likely Republican presidential primary voters via telephone between June 25 and June 27, before Bachmann, Huntsman and Romney officially entered the race. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. RJWTimes Bradford England

    The worst thing that could happen is voters voting for Bachmann or Romney. I like Romney's progressive healthcare policy, much to the dislike of the GOP.

    June 29, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. NVa Native

    She is the radical fringe/tea-bagger candidate. Hope she is the GOP nominee as the comedy shows, and the rest of us, as well as Obama, will have a ball.
    Get out your tin-foil hats to keep the bat poop out of your hair.

    June 29, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Biggge

    Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff doesn't think the newly declared presidential candidate is ready for the White House.....I guess he would know....

    June 29, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Biggge

    In an op-ed in the Des Moines Register, Ron Carey said the Minnesota representative lacks "the judgment, the demeanor, and the readiness... That is cold.....

    June 29, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    51% of the people are Teatards. You will assume they will all back Bachmann. But you know what happens when you assume. Bachmann's former chief of staff threw her under the bus and he's a bigger Teatard than she is. Bachmann may do well in the primaries, but she stands no chance in hell of winning a general election.

    June 29, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Publius Novus

    Mr. Mittens better watch out. The same Suffolk U. poll also showed that Mr. Mittens has very high "favorable" ratings and correspondingly low "unfavorable" ratings. Whlle that is good as an absolute, it also indicates that Mr. Mittens has very little room for growth beyond his current 36%. On the other hand, Bachmann is at a 44-22 favorability/unfavorability level, showing acceptance by the Republicans and "independents" and the potential to grow substantially among the candidates. Mr. Mittens better raise more money–a lot more money. And as for Bachmann's old chief of staff and his Bachmann lacks "the judgment, the demeanor, and the readiness" comment–of course he's right, but what does that have to do with the price of tea (pun intended) in the GOP?

    June 29, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Biggge

    While Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the "welfare rolls," the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005. This is like throwing stones in glass houses...

    June 29, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The media is treating Bachmann like they did Palin.......a female is a sensation, as a candidate, so whether they hate her or love her, she is going to remain in the brightest of spotlights, in the media.

    June 29, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    Another example of lauding a lower performer like Bachmann simply because she successfully tied her shoes.

    This so-called "successful tax attorney" has no concept of magnitudes associated with Finance. Afterall, this is the person who said the President was costing taxpayers an extra $200M PER DAY to travel to Indian. At that rate, you could buy a couple of Air Force Ones in a week.

    Ms. Bachmannhas ZERO idea what constitutes a reasonable value or amount for ANYTHING. Her own words prove that. Now mind you, this is a self-described "scholarly tax attorney".

    I`m sorry, I can`t see putting her in the Oval Office approving, disapproving or negotiating budgets, revenues, expenditures etc.

    She either knew $200M was a LIE and didn`t care or she didn`t know. Either one is not good for America.

    June 29, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. adam

    I find it amusing that these "little government"Tea Party people are supporting Bachmann, considering that she should be public enemy No. 1. as a former tax atty. I'll bet the vast majority of these idiots have absolutely no idea.

    June 29, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin is no match to Bachmann or the 10 women Presidents around the World who too are educated and were accomplished in their fields before becoming Presidents and so are their spouses. Palin is an embarrassing joke to America if that's all we have to offer. Countries around the World look for the smartest and brightest to represent them and here we are playing footsies with Palin.

    June 29, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    11 percent is hardly a sounding endorsement or jump in the polls. Still early in the race and closer scrutiny and more verbal gaffs may erode Bachmann's popularity. Bachmann's numbers will go down if Palin jumps into the race.

    June 29, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. lefteyeubl

    Must have been her love of John Wayne Gacy

    June 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Bigred

    I can't wait for the election so we can send these pathetic losers back to their states in defeat. I think we are all tired of Tea Party and Republican candidates espousing their uneducated hysteria.

    June 29, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. American

    This polls are RIGGED . RON PAUL leads all polls.

    June 29, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "I think we are all tired of Tea Party and Republican candidates espousing their uneducated hysteria."

    WE are, but the "news" media's ratings and advertising departments LOVE THEM. Stupid sells.

    June 29, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Wrong Job

    Where did all the racist, coded and hate speech go in her campaign? The Tea Party have shot their wad. 23 foster kids at 750 a month, Medicade and Farm subsides, yet she is worried about the debt.

    June 29, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. John

    Michele Bachmann Is just another Republican who going to tell you what you want to hear and LIE about It later. Case In point the Republican ran on JOBS In 2010 , and were are the JOBS they are none. Because the Republican Lie about that and now they are trying to Blame It on President Obama. The Only thing the Republican did was give the RICH more TAX CUTS ,that haven't work In over Six years. And the Republican are not smart enough to realize It , They want to extend the tax cuts even longer. Michele Bachmann was In front and out side with the TEA PARTY sating shut the Government Down and Voted against Plan Parenthood. To me A Congresswoman or a Congressman shouldn't be out protecting to shut the Government down when American People are Paying her to help run America , not to shut It down. that what Michele Bachmann and Mike Pence both Republican was doing. The Republican Party Should stop listening to the TEA PARTY and the KOCH'S BROTHER and start Listening to the Other 85% of they American people.

    June 29, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Sorensen

    Being a low level, little tax-lawyer does not prove that she is neither particularly intelligent nor smart.
    As everybody can hear.
    She is cute though for a 55 year old.
    President – get real!

    June 29, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Rose

    I say leave Michele Bachmann alone! Please ignore her stupidity and certifiable behavior until next year. The less she is exposed for the unqualified hypocritical idiot that she is, the longer she stays in the presidential race. The longer she stays in the presidential race, she will eventually have to give up a re-election bid for Congress. So if she runs for president, not only will she lose, she won't have her seat in Congress either – BONUS!!!!

    June 29, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Axl

    The GOP has to get behind a canidate early, and focus on beating Obama. Republicans don't seem to really go for Romney 2.0, Bachmann is the happy medium, she brings in the Tea Party, and as I have noticed she has taken a more moderate tone in her speeches. The only othe ?'s are Palin and Perry. If they do not run, I expect the GOP to rally around Bachmann.

    June 29, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. kris

    RON PAUL 2012! The only person that has been consistant thru the years and I like
    his policies! Less Government!!!!

    June 29, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |