Poll: Romney remains way ahead in New Hampshire
January 5th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney remains way ahead in New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Five days before the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary, a new survey indicates that Mitt Romney remains the overwhelming front-runner.

According to a Suffolk University/7 News two day tracking poll, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts has the support of 41% of likely Republican New Hampshire primary voters. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is a distant second, at 18%.

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The survey, released Thursday morning, was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning that about half of the people were questioned after Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses, where Romney edged out former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania by 8 votes to won the contest.

The poll indicates that Santorum is at 8%, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Gov. and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at 7%. According to the survey, a rather large 17% are undecided.

Romney has been the frontrunner in New Hampshire polling for over two years. He is well know in the Granite State, thanks to his years as Massachusetts governor (most of the more populated southern part of the state is in the Boston media market). Romney also owns a vacation home in New Hampshire, and besides spending lots of time in the state campaigning for the White House over the last year and in the past presidential cycle, he's also made many stops in the state stumping for fellow Republican candidates.

The Suffolk University/7 News poll was conducted by telephone, with 500 likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters questioned. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.4% points.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Con

    Romney's just like Obama, he just ain't black. And I've got enough of Obama for the rest of my life.
    The only one who realy differs is Paul, and he EARNED my vote by his honesty and consistence. He's with the people.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    January 5, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Jariv

    Romney is the Man !!! He is the best of the best. He is a Republican and a Conservative business man. He governs like a moderate and that is exactly what America Needs. His principles are conservative and he adapts to new Ideas. He is successful and has made many things a success. Please America, If you believe in America then you believe in Romney.

    January 5, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    I think Willard is going to be surprised by the REAL outcome – not a good surprise either.

    January 5, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    I see he's wearing another one of his $500.00 "I am one of you" shirts. I can't believe people actually fall for this liar but sadly they do.

    January 5, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Jariv, please stop spouting your phony talking points. Virtually everything you post about Mittens the Flip-flopping Robot is false. Get educated before you post, because you obviously have no clue what a predatory vulture capitalist he was and what he did to screw over average Americans.

    January 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. jason

    Did I hear that his sons are all planning to join the military if he's elected so they can go fight the "war on terror"?

    January 5, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Not so fast there, Dom Mom. The courts will have the final say on that, and it most certaily will go to the courts.
    Bring it to the courts. Republicans have not been filibustering the nominee's character. They have been filibustering the existence of the legislation. They're acting like kids throwing a temper tantrum because they have no respect for the democratic process in our government.

    January 5, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. jon brown

    Romney is the only GOP candidate that Pres. Obama is scared of running against
    Go Mitt!

    January 5, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. ed peters

    I don't see the Catholics of NH going for Mitt, anymore than the Evangelicals did in Iowa. Mitt should go back to being a Governor (or maybe run for Senate someplace), where he doesn't have to deal with the extremists, etc...

    January 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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