Poll: Romney remains way ahead in New Hampshire
January 5th, 2012
12:52 PM ET
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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. Peshwar

    Santorium is a flash in the pan, Gingrich will try to ddestroy the other candidates out of revenge, not out of a sense of strengthening his party. He needs to drop out, as he is not electable and divisive. Bachmann and Cain have thrown in the towel. Paul and Huntsman should also. When Bill Clinton ran for a second time in 1996, he knew he needed to move to the center. Romney is the only Republican candidate that is both electable and can beat Obama. Repubs must rally around him.

    January 5, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    So, in other words, Romney should win by a landslide margin over the entire field combined.

    I think there is a CNN poll that says something like 68% of NH Republicans think Romney is the Republican in the field most likely to beat Pres. Obama in the fall. That same poll has the Gingrich in second place with a mere 9%, which is a 59% difference.

    January 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    Perfect. The Republican base hates this guy and will not turn out for him in the general election. I hope Mittens wins in a NH runaway landslide. That will really fracture the GOP.

    The truth is Romney`s history is as a modersate. Individual healthcare mandate . . . he can`t run away from that. Pro-choice BEFORE he flip-flopped to be anti-abortion . . . he has lost as many votes as he gained with that move.

    Finally on the "economy", America neither wants, nor needs, what this corporate raider-type would do. Americas economy problems are not solved by yet another MINDLESS Republican tax cut or Romney`s outsourcing and offshoring shenanigans. As Governor, Romney was 3rd from the BOTTOM in job creation. That`s not the kind of performance an American meritocracy would embrace.

    January 5, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Val in MA

    That is outstanding! Conservatives are emberessing themselves with their search for someone else at this late hour – they really have to realize , like it or not, Romney will be the nominee because he is the best and clearest choice to beat Obama.

    January 5, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Ferret out the B.S.

    Unfortunately this sounds like old rehashed news. He certainly has spent enough money to buy the primary. maybe he and Newt will have a real fight, with fists. Then they can all have a good cry about it after. Make the news cycle a little more entertaining.

    January 5, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. bullock w

    Bidien and presdient obama are not clear throat cause presdient obama was pullout of usa army in iraq that shilters are keep bomb and kill of the people so untied usa are keep take care of people in iraq

    January 5, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Bill

    Republicans will not rally around a flip-flopping fake. If he is the best they can offer, Obama should sleep well at night.

    January 5, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What a joke! That lying, flip floppin' sob Romney isn't even acceptable to most of his OWN party. What makes you think the REST of America won't see through his b s? You Repos might be good at marketing, but you're not THAT good...

    January 5, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Tyler1982

    He's a typical, smooth-talking, corrupt politician. If he were president, nothing would change. More war, more debt. He's just like Bush/Obama.

    January 5, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Tyler1982

    In what ways could he actually beat Obama? Is he for ending the war, bringing all troops home? Does he want to cut trillions in reckless spending? Does he want to get rid of the income tax and eliminate useless government programs?

    Ron Paul or the same old same old BS.

    January 5, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Lee

    Mitt's father was the first Mexican-American (born in Chihuaha) to run for President,

    Mitt's family was so patriotic they fled to Mexico generations earlier to evade US law. They illegally slipped back and forth across the border.
    Mitt has 10's of thousands of cousins (some still in Mexico) because a few generations had 12 wives each
    Indeed 1 got shot by the husband of a woman that a Romney gr-grandfather was wooing (she was still married to another but since Romney's line goes to 1 of the original mormon apostles, he had god on his side till he got shot dead)

    Look it up – not publicized but true. Many of Romney's Mexican cousins are shocked by his recent immigration flip-flop to total hard-line nut they still hope he'll win as family is everything in Mormonism.

    January 5, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only one poll Romney above 25 that is New Hampshire CNN we got that

    January 5, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. FreeLove

    By the time the other GOP candidates take Flipper to the woodshed, he's toast. Especially when it comes out that Mittens secured a $10 million federal bailout of Bain Capital in 1991 and ended up making a fortune off of it. Flipper is the plastic man who laid you off.

    January 5, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. PressRonPaul

    Peshwar there is a huge storm off to our east and heading this way. It's a massive debt crisis and No One but Ron Paul can get the ship turned around before the storm hits. Romney, Obama and The Status Quo check collectors could care less. Why is this so hard for you people to understand...

    January 5, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. informed voter

    If you want this country to go back to the bad old policies of the failed Bush error, then vote for Romney. If you want our great nation to continue her steady rise out of the ashes left by the Republicans, vote for Obama. The choice is simple. Obama 1012, seriously.

    January 5, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. melinda

    I really believe that christian conservatives do not want a mormon in the white house.They believe that because the mormon faith is a little different, than it is of the devil.They also feel this way about other religous beliefs.They have no respect for other's beliefs or feelings all others will be going to hell.So why are we even interested in there narrow minded beliefs and the narrow minded way they will govern this country given the opportunity to do so.

    January 5, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. SaintM

    If they polled 500 people, that's not a lot–CNN, you've got to stop publishing poll numbers–it's just not good practice or accurate math. The accurate polls are what happens after people finish voting in the primaries.

    Peshwar– Romney polls below Obama, so don't count on this being a victory for Romney yet–even if he does get the nomination. There are a lot of states left to hold primaries or caucuses, and 3 out of 4 republicans don't support Ronmey. You're dreaming if you think he will be president. He has too much baggage.

    January 5, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Tom C

    These polls are directed at Likely Republican Voters...None of these polls incorporate the large percentage of Independent voters who reside in the state. Ron Paul does better with Independents than any other candidate by a large margin...I think people are in for a New Hampshire surprise...

    January 5, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey Mittens, you lying flip-flopper, didja hear that your fellow Rethugs are FURIOUS because President Obama outmaneuvered them in his fight to protect the middle-class?
    I just thought that you should be made aware that President Obama is on kick-ash mode. And he is doing so without breaking a sweat, and with a smile on his face.
    If I were you Mittens, I wouldn't take the nomination for all the jobs you shipped to China. Your own Party is setting you up for an ash-whipping of epic proportions delivered through the hands of THAT ONE. Your great-grandchildren will be talking about Papa Mittens getting his butt handed to him by an ex-community organizer.
    Good luck.
    Obama 2012

    January 5, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Tom C

    Romney is an empty suit, beholden to big banks...he's no conservative and barely distinguishable from Obama...

    Romney's largest contributor was Goldman Sachs...just like our sitting president...

    January 5, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Ben Dover

    He trys to look like he is middle class, but in his heart he only cares for the rich and corporations.
    "Corporations are people too my friends".

    January 5, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. melinda

    Just to clarify I respect other's beliefs and appreciate our mixed culture and in no way would judge another according to there beliefs.But if there hating on me for not believing like them .than that is just crazy. I really feel like some analyst are just making up excuses because they dont want to use the M word! Mormon.

    January 5, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "So, in other words, Romney should win by a landslide margin over the entire field combined. "
    Pretty poor math. A landslide is defined as the winner garnering 60% or more of the popular vote. The poll says he's at around 48%.

    January 5, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "Hey Mittens, you lying flip-flopper, didja hear that your fellow Rethugs are FURIOUS because President Obama outmaneuvered them in his fight to protect the middle-class?"
    Not so fast there, Dom Mom. The courts will have the final say on that, and it most certaily will go to the courts.

    January 5, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. melinda

    I like Mitt Romney and he will make a fine president Thank goodness he has changed over the years as I am sure many of us have.Everyone on earth is guilty of a flipflop.Thats life People change people grow.

    January 5, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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