Poll: Race tightening in New Hampshire as well
October 9th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Race tightening in New Hampshire as well

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's advantage over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the Granite State has shrunk, according to a new poll of likely voters in New Hampshire conducted both before and after last Wednesday's presidential debate.

The WMUR Granite State Poll found Obama at 47% and Romney at 41%, with Obama no longer holding the 15 point lead he had a week ago. The difference between the two candidates is now within the poll's sampling error.

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This latest survey comes alongside a series of recent state and national polls showing the race has tightened up since the debate a week ago.

It was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center between September 30 and October 6. The presidential debate was held on October 3.

Included in the survey are 559 likely general election voters with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 points.

This survey found Obama's lead among women has shrunk from a 27 point advantage to nine points.

New Hampshire is one of the nine toss up states on the CNN Electoral Map and has four electoral votes.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    I hope you give the state to the gop,put the same people in power that screwed you last timber . Stupid people deserving to get screwed . If the gop wins ,I moving to Canada and paying no more taxes to USA .

    October 9, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Mitt Romney is a shape shifting vampire who will suck the life out of this country. America, remember Mitts policies are Bushs policies. Mitt adviors are Bush advisors

    October 9, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. myviewis

    Romney = JOBS and women need jobs, a huge number of women are living in poverty more now than ever before.

    October 9, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Deeb

    I'm sorry...but all these polls about so called "shrinking" leads for the president...that's crap. One debate wouldn't change intelligent minds that quickly. This is all in response to the most recent shrinking jobs report. Gotta keep things interesting, right? Election day can't come soon enough.

    October 9, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Of course the 60 or 70 million people who tuned into the first debate came from every state in the country. They saw in Mitt Romney a man with a clear and understandable strategy that will work for America and for the first time in 4 years realized we do not have to settle for 1% GDP growth, 8% unemployment, national debt growing without bound or health care that costs too much while delivering low quality of care. Mitt Romney brings inspiration to a middle class who has been beaten down and ignored. Washington does not have to be a dysfunctional series of political battles like we see under Obama. Under a Romney Administration good things will get done. For Main Street finally.

    October 9, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. California Gary

    So Obama's lead is now "just" 6 points huh? On election day, 6 points is considered a landslide. How about some perspective here CNN........me thinks you are trying to generate some excitement by pretending this race is much closer than it actually is. Just give us the facts please.....

    October 9, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. scott

    Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???
    Your man is going down big time, guess you will have to get off welfare and go to work when Romney takes over =)

    October 9, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Jim

    I am from nh already voted Obama! Polls are just wrong and Romney lies cannot wait to see him palin away come November 7

    October 9, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. hawkny

    Those who have changed their voting intentions since the first either have no plans to vote or intended to vote as they now indicate all along. Interested parties know there are three debates involving the presidential candidates and one additional for the vice president. What happens if Mr. Biden kicks butt on Wednesday night? Do these changed vote indicators then return to the president's fold? The slippage in nearly all of the polls is less than the margin of error so the pollsters can do or say what they want. I personally believe they will do whatever to keep the majority of people believing the race is close right up to the very end of the campaign season...It is all about ratings and fees when all is said and done, from the pollsters perspective.

    October 9, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Poll found Obama at 47% and Romney at 41%◄
    Okay CNN – those are the numbers and the score
    Then it's, ►... a sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 points.◄
    ►The difference between the two candidates is now within the poll's sampling error.◄

    Hmm, looks like fuzzy math to me!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 9, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. lnd72

    Glad to see the bump for Romney. I think it helped for Americans to see him in on an even footing with the President.

    Go Romney/Ryan!

    October 9, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Dan B

    Oh stop being bitter. If Obama had performed in the debate Romney would be history, BUT HE DIDN'T, and it's not anyone else's fault but his. Have you ever considered that? Maybe Obama has no new ideas. 1980 is back

    October 9, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. n

    More lies for the dummying down of America. Political pro wrestling at it's worst. This election, what a big joke it's turning out to be.

    October 9, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    It's amazing that in America, a politician can be a shape-shifter, and Americans don't even recognize it at all. One minute Mitt the Twitt is talking about the 47% of the electorate, and then he says,"I didn't really mean it", and all is forgiven! He can say he wants Mexicans to self-deport, but then he says he would support those kids that Obama lets go to college, who were drug over here from Mexico. He says he has a 5 trillion dollar tax cut for the rich, but then says I not going to cut their taxes. Come on people, wake UP! Pull your heads out.

    October 9, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Canchange

    Woman knows when a man is lien.thanks

    October 9, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Al

    Romney is a great sales person; he will tell you wherever you want to hear to gain your vote. Russia is our biggest enemy, but if you like Iran or South Korea sounds good too. Obama cares is not good so let’s create a better one, military needs more money, don’t worry he will balance the budget with a magic trick he learned from Bush.

    October 9, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    If every middle class,and other patriotic Americans had thier money lodged in swiss banks like Romney,what would become of the economy?IS ROMNEY A PATIOT? NO!

    October 9, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. ram

    If CNN wants to maintain its claim to political impartiality, why do its headlines in the last few days consistently stress the reduction of the president's lead in polls, and never the fact that he continues to maintain a lead (albeit diminished) in most battleground states?

    October 9, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Obama2012

    Latinos for Obama! Scientists for Obama!

    October 10, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  20. Get Real

    How is a 6% difference close? Enough of these meaningless polls. Does not matter who wins, America loses.

    October 10, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |