CNN Poll: Iowa didn't change many N.H. minds
January 4th, 2012
12:57 AM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: Iowa didn't change many N.H. minds

(CNN) - The Iowa caucus results appear to have changed few minds in New Hampshire, at least among likely GOP primary voters who watched the caucus results tonight, according to a new survey.

But a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that former Sen. Rick Santorum gained a small amount of support among Iowa caucus-watchers, moving from 5% to 10% among that group.

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According to the poll, support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Utah Gov. and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman among likely Republican primary voters in the Granite State who watched the Iowa results were all unchanged.

The survey indicates that 47% support Romney, unchanged from late December; 17% backed Paul, also unchanged from last week; and Huntsman's support remained steady at 13%.

"Santorum also gained a little ground on issues and personal characteristics, but Romney remains head and shoulders above the rest of the pack on those measures," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

"Two-thirds of Iowa caucus watchers in the Granite State think Romney has the best chance of defeating Obama in November, and that number, as well as his big lead on issues and personal qualities, remains virtually unchanged."

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International on Tuesday night by telephone, questioning 554 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire who watched news coverage of the Iowa caucuses. All interviews on January 3 were conducted between 9:23 pm ET and 10:02 pm ET. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all New Hampshire likely voters. It only represents the views of people who could be immediately affected by the Iowa caucus results - those who watched news coverage of the Iowa caucuses tonight or followed it on the Internet.

The New Hampshire voters who watched the Iowa caucus results may be older and more likely to describe themselves as tea party supporters than the larger group of all likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.

Also see:

Gingrich: Romney is lying

Bachmann looks ahead to South Carolina

Gingrich suggests a Tuesday win

Gingrich strives for 'great upset' in Iowa

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. California Conservative

    Hey CNN, There's still a week before NH. After all this isn't even quite finished.



    January 4, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  2. Bob Moore


    Huntsman is a 2-term Governor, who left office with 88% approval.

    Jon Huntsman is anti-establishment & the most successful Governor alive.


    as 2-term Governor, REFORMED healthcare (w/out mandate), education, & taxes. Pew ranked #1 governed state. Now state #1 in eduation spending, #1 in JOB GROWTH. often >90% approval in office. Passed pro-life amendments. Safeguarded 2nd amendment. Now, WSJ ranks him most fiscally conservative & ***BEST JOBS PLAN*** & UNLIKE NEWT AND MITT, wants to: end too-big-to-fail, drastically cut deficit with across the board reform, end loopholes, end subisidies, reform Congressional lobbying



    ***JON HUNTSMAN 2012***

    January 4, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  3. Name Tom Chaney

    The radical right slate of candidates is disgusting and somewhat frightening. I still back our president all the way!

    January 4, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  4. travis

    Ron Paul didn't do as well as I would have have hoped, or thought. Given the circumspect media coverage of the candidates a close third isn't bad. I'm hopeful that voters will think something amiss if 22% of the Iowans voted for the candidate the corporatists refer to as "loony". Santorum will get crucified by the media and ads this week (deservedly so, he is wretched) so it may still come down to RP vs. Romney. In the perfect world it would come down to RP vs. Huntsman, but I think that is just too much to ask for.

    January 4, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    Why should it?

    Iowa is bunch of corn husking flat-earthers living in a parallel universe, the folks in NH live in the real world.

    January 4, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  6. diridi

    Romney is for shipping Jobs overseas, Oil, Greed, Corporate thugs, And Insurance Thieves......not for Middle Class...

    January 4, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Maybe not – but it appears to have changed a Texas governor's mind...

    January 4, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. ST

    Iowa and New Hampshire are not only two states which consist USA. It is only a small tiny part of it. What I have learned is: Americans have different thinkings. The rest of the country are not going to put forward a person who they think doesn't share their values with them, and did not show any strength of being a recognisable candidtate starting with Iowa. Romney has no difference from McCain and will lead the party to the failure end as McCain did!

    January 4, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |