Poll: Romney overwhelming front-runner in N.H.
September 21st, 2011
11:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney overwhelming front-runner in N.H.

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be the leader in national polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but a new survey indicates that in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney's still way ahead of the rest of the pack.

According to a Suffolk University/7 News poll released Wednesday night, 41 percent of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters say they support Romney. The survey indicates that Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who's making his second bid for president, has a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

In second place at 14 percent is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the presidency, followed by former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 10 percent.

According to the poll, Perry's at eight percent, followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at six percent. The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee has flirted with a bid for the nomination, but hasn't taken any concrete steps to start up a campaign. The survey indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at five percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at four percent, and everyone else in the lower single digits. Eleven percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State were undecided.

The survey indicates Romney's gained five points from June, with Huntsman and Paul each increasing six points.

"Mitt Romney is saying 'get out of my back yard' and making New Hampshire his strong firewall despite showing some weakness in the other states' early primaries," says David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University's Political Research Center. "The anti-Romney candidate at this point could be either Ron Paul, who has polled consistently over the past year, or Jon Huntsman, whose numbers are really growing in the Granite State."

Romney has made a few appearances in Iowa this year, but has spent much more in New Hampshire. Huntsman appears to be putting all his chips into a strong showing in the Granite State, which comes second after Iowa in the primary and caucus calendar.

The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted September 18-20, with 400 likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters questioned by telephone.

The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls • Rick Perry
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Casual

    As a Democrat, Perry scares me to death, the thought of a repeat offender in the White House, who is crazy beyond words really scares me, IF we have to have a Republican president, I suppose Romney, with a gun to my head, would have to be a better choice.

    I can't believe I just wrote those words.....yikes, I need coffee.

    September 22, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Tex71

    Romney is the only serious GOP contender at this point. Huntsman would be ahead of Romney if his personality were more upbeat – and if the TPers would forgive him for ever having collaborated with the President (which they never will). Unfortunately, Romney is the most dangerous of the GOPers – he combines evil ideology with intelligence and competence, in stark opposition to the rest of the pack: Perry offers evil with shameless corruption and wilful ignorance, Bachmann serves up evil with genuine ignorance and the mental state of a meth freak.Were Palin to run, she would combine the evil with comic stupidity, but we all know she's only milking the money machine.

    September 22, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Barry S.

    I have met the man and was greeted by him. He is very impressive, as well as highly capable. I am convinced that he has this Country's best interest at heart. I believe that he will represent us the way a president should represent his people, and that we will be honored to call him our president!

    September 22, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Liz the First

    Romney is the least of the evils, but even the least of the evils is a danger to this country. the American people need to see the entire republican philosophy very clearly now because if given free rein, they will finish the job of destroying this country, the job Bush started. they've shown their hand when they threatened Fed chairman Bernankie with retribution if he dare help the economy recover any more. they don't want the economy to recover. they are purposely trying to tank it so they can say Obama failed. this should outrage everyone who loves this country!!!

    September 22, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. BJ Bell

    If you're a Republican you'd be a fool not to vote for Romney - he's a very smart, sensible candidate that would do a good job as President.

    September 22, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. UnitdWeStand

    Not necessarily my "ideal" candidate but I think I can vote for the man.

    September 22, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. ablingcain

    will watch for more polls from New Hampshire and will cast vote against their top favorite. Will be sure another tax and spend liberal will not be elected POTUS.

    September 22, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. jim

    Huntsman leads Perry in poll. That makes my day. Thank you N.H.

    September 22, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Sci1

    Good for New Hampshire. They see through the Perry facade.

    September 22, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. MT

    If both Paul and Huntsman gained 6%, then how is Huntsman's numbers growing while Paul's are just consistent? From what I understand, NH is an open primary state. If that's the case, Paul's numbers will be much higher as he gets a tremendous amount of support from dems and independents.

    September 22, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Joan

    If Romney becomes the Republican candidate the Democrats can dust off hundreds of tapes illustrating how he has flip flopped on many issues and changes with the wind. His jobs record as governor will be scrutinized very carefully and it may show he created more jobs overseas. His health care bill will come back to haunt him and he will be linked at the hip with the wealthy and big businesses who he will protect from highter taxes. During the last election the Republicans spread horrible rumours and lies about the Muslim faith and that Pres. Obama was a Muslim. Just wait until the origins and beliefs of the Mormon religion get scrutinized and criticized if Romney is the candidate. It may not be right but it would be Karma in a way. He is probably their best choice right now but he has many vulnerabilites that will be easy to exploit.

    September 22, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. nagrom

    I live in Mass and I would never vote for Mitt Romney. He reduced jobs, caused extreme hardships on communities by reducing their revenues every year he was in office and resulted in lost teacher, police, and fire personnel jobs, he was first with Healthcare that nearly doubled out of pocket expenses while aiding health insurance agencies reduce the amount of coverage that they provide, he left the state to run for President and left his lieutenant governor to fend for her self and ultimately she lost the election. Where is his commitment to anyone but large corporations and the political righteous rights?

    September 22, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Quit deluding yourselves, people. There isn't a dimes worth of difference between the GOBP candidates except maybe for Ron Paul. The rest are card-carrying members of the GOBP cult of corrupt corporatism. Romney is also a neocon who'll be bombing Iran within his first month in office. There is nothing "reasonable" or "moderate" about Romney. Want proof? What sacrifices has he called on corporations and the wealthy to share along with the rest of us. Corporations are not "people" and caring for the greedy instead of the needy is not the basis for a viable political party.

    September 22, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. AntiFringe

    "The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee has flirted with a bid for the nomination, but hasn't taken any concrete steps to start up a campaign"

    Take the plunge Palin. If you're qualified, you have nothing to lose. And with all the talk about about what's wrong with the present administration, you'd have the perfect opportunity to help the people you care about.

    C'mon coward.......just do it. Dare ya.

    September 22, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Romney won't get the nomination. The GOP base wants another chest-thumping heehaw cowboy.

    September 22, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. justthefaxpleez

    RON PAUL 2012 !!!!!!!

    September 22, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. SaintM

    It's hard to beat an incumbent. I'm glad to see that someone is moving ahead of that idiot Perry, but I'm not sure they will be armed enough to beat President Obama. Romney will continue to hatefully criticize the president, which will not go well, and I'm not sure moderates and independents will vote for him.

    Romney accused the president of "throwing Israel under the bus", which is absolutely not true. Romney, as president, will throw the US under the bus in order to incur favor internationally. He doesn't have the international chops to be president–and that is just as important as having the domestic chops to be president.

    September 22, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. SaintM

    Mitt Romney doesn't have the international chops to be president, and that is just as important as having the domestic chops to be president. Accusing President Obama of "throwing Israel under the bus" is not only an inaccurate statement–it is also irresponsible.

    I'm afraid Romney would lead us down a dangerous path internationally in order to incur favor amongst other world leaders. In that regard, President Obama is exactly where he should be. We need a "Renaissance Man" to be President, not a neatly coiffed, arrogant man who is in it only for his own glory.

    September 22, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Debby

    Good for him he has my vote. Perry is a total idiot and not qualified to run for Pres.

    September 22, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Donovan

    These guy comes across like a baffoon. He represents status quo!

    September 22, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Brad

    If you're anyone, you'd be a fool to vote for Romney! Anyone with a brain is going to go Ron Paul or Obama. Romney is a modern day Savonarola, there will be another bonfire of the vanities if he's elected, mark my words. Of course, anyone who would vote for him doesn't even know who Savonarola was.

    September 22, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. doug

    All of the areas of this country where the people value the lives of their fellow americans are republican, all the areas where they put lives at risk without a care on the roads and in their violent gang areas are Democrat.

    Call me crazy but I would think that it would be the people with a total disregard for human life, the Democrats, who are evil. The people who show compassion, courtesy, and kindess, aka Republicans as every red area will show you in contrast to the blue, would be the true patriots and America's best.

    September 22, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. ST

    Romney is not too conservative. The possibility of being nominated is too slim no matter what!

    September 22, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. NoTags

    Neither Romney or Huntsman are electable because of their LDS affiliation.

    September 22, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you add up the yearly incomes of the jobs Romney created in Massachussets against the yearly incomes of the jobs created in Texas, Romney has a better record in jobs than your darling Texas. "

    Romney's gubernatorial tenure saw MA sink to the 47th state in job creation. That's not to say Parry is any better...just that Romney is a turd through and through.

    September 22, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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