It's still Romney on top in NH
December 25th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
11 years ago

It's still Romney on top in NH

(CNN) – Mitt Romney continues to hold a solid lead among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire in the run-up to the January 10 primary, according to a recent survey.

A Boston Globe poll released Sunday showed Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, on top with 39% support followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas tied with 17% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 11%. The remaining candidates each garnered 3% support or less.

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Since a similar poll in November, Romney dropped by 3 percentage points, while Paul gained 5 percentage points, Huntsman picked up 3 percentage points and Gingrich increased by 2 percentage points.

Overall Romney is the consistent leader among likely GOP primary voters in Granite State polling, yet the standing of the other candidates is more fluid.

Forty-six percent of Republican voters said they are still trying to decide who to back in the primary, while 26% said they made up their mind and 28% said they were leaning toward a candidate.

The Globe survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, polled 543 likely voters via telephone between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. It had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. az

    if you wish more bankers bailouts and US left with super rich and super poor with middle class then vote for Romney– if you want US to return to it past glory and freedom and prosperity then vote Ron Paul.

    December 25, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Jack Tors

    So, we have stopped talking about Ron Paul's lead in Iowa and are trying to paint Romney as the frontrunner? Cnn is a joke, first it was all headlines about Perry. Then , when people saw that he is basically a puppet that knows nothing, all cnn headlines moved to cain. After cain was found to be a horrible person, cnn moved all of its headline focus to gingrich, which was found to be a fraud. Now, Ron Paul is in the lead, and the establishment is so terrified that they completely fail to report on this. Instead of saying Ron Paul is ahead in Iowa, you have found a state that Romney is leading so that you can influence your establishment candidate as much as possible.

    December 25, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Joshua

    Poor Republicans. They're stuck with Romney no matter what. Not even magic underwear will prevent his behind from getting kicked by the President.

    December 25, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Eli

    GI Joe said...

    "Just can't bring myself to vote for someone who believes in "Joseph Smith"."

    But I guess you can happily vote for someone who sat in Rev. Wright's church for twenty years?

    December 25, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. scat398

    If Romney wins the NH primary does it make NH irrelevant? I think we should look to see who comes in second in NH...just saying.

    December 25, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. o

    Romney needs to produce a birth certificate if he is to run for President. He was born in Mexico, where his grandfather fled so he could practice polygamy.

    December 25, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. kenny

    It's so sad that Newt Romney thinks he is going to be the next President of the United States. Maybe in his next life it may happen.

    December 25, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. PatriciaD

    Romney can't hold a candle to Obama. There is much more to being President than being good at economics. The world stage has great respect for Obama. Romney is a nobody on that stage and I don't have any faith that he really cares about other countries of the world. Romney is cold and calculating and comes across that way. Nope! He won't beat Obama this time around, none of them can.

    December 25, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Bootstomper

    Mitt Romney as president of the united states? What a joke.

    December 25, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Matt

    Just thrilled. Romney will ensure the GOP stays out of the White House for another 4 years. I just hope he picks Bachmann as his VP choice LOL.

    December 25, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. republicanhater1

    go ahead and vote for mr. 1% if you like you get what you deserve, I sticking with the President, he doing a great job.........

    December 25, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. mr. phil

    yeah terry...he'll outsorce all the government jobs to china too...that's all he knows about the economy...

    December 25, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Laura

    Why doesn't CNN discuss how the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the NDAA for FY2012 with provisions that allow for US citizens to be arrested and detained indefinitely without charge or trial?

    All of you should be very scared. The Patriot Act defined ANY disagreement with US policy to be terrorism, and now with the new NDAA provisions, you can be arrested and held indefinitely just for disagreeing with what your leaders do. This is the start of martial law.

    This is some major news, yet CNN seems to want the sheeple to continue sleeping.

    December 25, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Sean

    gutsycall: It's schmucks! Maybe you're thinking of Smucker's jellies and jams?

    December 25, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Sarah

    New Hampshire should have been allowed to continue to have the first primary. Why? Because there is a mixture of moderate Republicans as well as Conservative and the Tea-Patiers (which I am not sure where they fit.) In other words, it is a nice cross section of the Republican party. Iowa means nothing - nothing. The rest of the country does not think like the tea-partiers or the ultra-conservatives. Most people I know, regardless of party, are middle of the roaders, moderate in their views. They want government to work for them and are reasonable people. They want compromise for the good of the country. I am more interested in what New Hampshire says, regardless of the party. This is more in tune with the country.

    December 25, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Phil T. Listener


    "most Americans respect those who have achieved success in life".
    Of course they do. Hopefully, though, they also look at the values, morals and integrity of the person and not just the fact that they became rich regardless of the human toll.

    Remember this :"What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?"

    December 25, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. John the Historian

    Romney belongs to a cult. he was a bishop in this cult called mormonism. Jeusus Christ did not preach to the American Indians around 600 AD no historical evidence for this and if Jospeh Smith received some golden tablets from the archangel Gabriel, why don't they put them on display. Mormons only got rid of polygamy because they needed to become a state in 1890. And considering Warren Jeffs is a Mormon and what he has done, why would you vote for someone who is a flip flopper and says he is a faithful cult follower.

    December 25, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Mark


    "Tell that to the thousands of Americans working at Staples Stores throughout the Country! Obviously, you are a disciple of Rachel Maddow or Big Ed from MSNBC. Believe it or not, most Americans respect those who have achieved success in life as well as those aspiring to do the same. Sounds like you gave up years ago! Merry Christmas and hopefully in 2012, Romney will help it be a better year for you!"

    I'm in the top 15% of income earners, yet I will vote Obama. I will not vote someone who has sold out middle class workers overseas. That is not American. Thankfully most Americans love this country and do not respect someone who has done this nor will not vote for someone who screws the middle class and sends jobs to China in order to make that extra few million. That has nothing to do with respecting someone who has done well for himself, it has to do with helping others keep jobs here.

    Most Americans do have more reason than you have demonstrated in your post, which is a good thing. Merry Christmas and Obama 2012 will take it!

    December 25, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Ann Marie

    Keith that hopey changey thing is working great for me and for the majority of Americans. I would never want to be the type of people or the example that the Rethugs and their candidates portray. Selfish, war mongering hypocrites. No thanks. How's it feel to be associated with that? BTW, Staples hires for barely minimum wage, for the most part keeps people under 40 hours a week, thereby eliminating the need to pay insurance benefits. So thanks ..nothing to be proud of, sorry your standards are so low.

    December 25, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jake Wheeler

    The Star of David media continues its vicious propaganda against Ron Paul. They are afraid he will cut off their crack-pipe at the Federal Reserve and US Treasury. The price of bulldozing a Palestinian house has gone way up this year leading to more wackos staying put in Brooklyn.

    December 25, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Cassandra Chu

    ... Ron Paul is the only one who's not a fraud. Romney and Gingrich are flakey and icky, have no backbone.

    December 25, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Anyone but Obama!!

    December 25, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Allen

    Now Mr. Clueless is on top of the polls. What has happened to the GOP.

    December 25, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. teek


    You have no idea what a hedge fund is do you? How does a hedge fund manager outsource jobs? (unless you are referring to his own staff at the hedge fund, which certainly wouldn't number in the thousands)

    December 25, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Blessed Geek

    Romney is a clean guy. The only sin he has committed is lugging his dog atop his station wagon on a two hundred mile journey. You can find no dirt under him or above him, except that some people don't like his being a mormon.

    He's made things work. He's begged, borrowed or stolen Democrat ideas and renamed them Republican bipartisan. So what? He poses the greatest threat to Obama.

    December 25, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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