Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?
June 19th, 2014
12:09 PM ET
7 years ago

Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?

(CNN) - He's said over and over that he won't run for the White House a third time, but a new poll indicates that if Mitt Romney changed his mind and made another bid for president, he'd be the frontrunner among Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

According to the Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey, which was released Thursday, 24% of Granite State Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that Romney would be their first choice for their party's presidential nomination.

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Among the potential 2016 GOP contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a distant second, at 9%, with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8%, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7%.

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While the survey may make headlines, it's important to remember that Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home in the state, has often appeared at GOP events in New Hampshire, and was governor of neighboring Massachusetts. Romney easily won the 2012 Republican primary, but lost the state by six percentage points to President Barack Obama in the general election.

Romney on 2016: 'The answer is no'

And the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has been very clear about his 2016 intentions.

"I'm not running," Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," a line Romney's used in interviews every time he's asked about whether he'll make a third bid for the White House. Romney's wife, Ann, has also been adamant against another run.

"Very sorry, Mrs. Romney. We had to ask the question," Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos joked to CNN.

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Paleologos added that the results speak to "the weakness of the GOP field at this point in time."

Without Romney, Christie and Paul were tied at 11% as the first choice for the nomination among Republicans in New Hampshire, with Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas each at 8%.

The Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll was conducted June 14-15 and June 17-18, with 800 likely voters in New Hampshire questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2016 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Polls
soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While the survey may make headlines, it's important to remember that Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home in the state ... "

    Yes, but are the trees just the right height? Because, well, you know ... what's good for the goose is good for the sauce.

    June 19, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Hahahahahahaha, this is a joke, right?

    June 19, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! I called it months ago! Now that the MSM has destroyed President Obama, they think Mitt the 2 or 3 time loser has a chance.

    He'll run, trust me. If he thinks he can win, he'll run. Remember Queenie's nervous breakdown Election night 2012 when she realized 1600 Pennsylvania Ave would not be her new address?

    Keep propping him up MSM. He'll run with Crispy as his VP, with the promise of a Crispy presidency in 8 years.

    Now how old is Mittens? Is he old and stale or is that just to describe Hillary??

    June 19, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    He will not run again.

    June 19, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. sonnie3

    Mitt would be so far and above the dismal potus we have now.

    June 19, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Mitt Romney , the third time is the charm 2016 tour.

    He's got the money and the Mormon Church is all in .

    Maybe he can appoint one of his five sons as Ambassador to Iraq .

    June 19, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Matt

    Will they never learn.....? I'm a conservative, and I despise Romney.

    June 19, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Fine by me, I would not mind seeing Mittens getting beat again.

    June 19, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    24% is pretty pathetic.

    June 19, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "I'm not running," Romney said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," a line Romney's used in interviews every time he's asked about whether he'll make a third bid for the White House. Romney's wife, Ann, has also been adamant against another run.
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    Of course, Romney's not running. He knows that he will have to release more tax returns. Ain't gonna happen.

    June 19, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Tony D

    Thomas
    Mitt Romney , the third time is the charm 2016 tour.
    -–

    And if Biden runs it will be his thrid time and if Hillary runs, it will be her second time. Soooo, what 's your point?

    June 19, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Gunderson

    Holy Bad Choice,
    So you are having Buyers Remorse with the Community Organizer? The Titanic now looking good compared to your choice for your leader? It appears some of you haven't learned yet. You have to book your own life!! Hope you have a good Retirement plan.

    June 19, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. uhhuh

    what is it they say about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

    June 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. ARMYCSM

    run Mitt run. Run Mitt and you will lose – again! The White house is the only house in America you can't buy. Boo-ya

    June 19, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. old age voter

    Romney or the next Republican president will have a hard time fixing everything the Democratic Party and president Obama have screwed up in 8 years. We all know the Senate is going back to the Republicans in 2014 and I doubt president Obama will make it to 2016; no not impeachment; I see him being tried for treason.

    June 19, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    He's older than Hillary, and since the reds whine that SHE's "too old", they should be putting mittens on an ice floe any day now!

    June 19, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    republicant polls showing mitt winning- sound familiar?
    will they nver learn?
    Run Mitt, run!

    On a side note.... was this picture taken with a goober cam, or what?

    June 19, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Paleologos added that the results speak to "the weakness of the GOP field at this point in time."

    Weak? You think? Heck, not too long ago Reince Preibus was handing out the GOP autopsy findings.

    Not much has changed since then ... certainly not the oft heralded resurrection fanfare he predicted.

    June 19, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    old age voter says:
    June 19, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm
    Romney or the next Republican president will have a hard time fixing everything the Democratic Party and president Obama have screwed up in 8 years. We all know the Senate is going back to the Republicans in 2014 and I doubt president Obama will make it to 2016; no not impeachment; I see him being tried for treason.

    Right after Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Condi and crew.

    FIFY
    OB

    June 19, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. smith

    The GOP already has their Mitt, his name is Jeb. As bad as things are going for Obama I think even conservative voters would be happier with Clinton. Its going to be interesting in 2016 to say the least.

    June 19, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Paleologos added that the results speak to "the weakness of the GOP field at this point in time."
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    Non-existent is what he meant to say but was too scared to.
    The only chance the Rethugs have of winning is if they all got behind Obama and ran him for a third term.
    Right.
    That can't and won't happen,
    Same with their chances of winning in 2016.

    June 19, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Mark

    He will not run. The Tea Party won't allow it.

    June 19, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. TONE

    The people they polled do they live in bobby jingles state?

    June 19, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. John

    Desperate people do desperate things, eh GOP?

    June 19, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    While the survey may make headlines, it's important to remember that Romney's very well known in New Hampshire. He owns a vacation home in the state ... "
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Right.
    Meanwhile the state that knows him best and where he governed, Massachusetts, went for Obama in 2012.
    Evidently to know Romney and to vote for him are two completely different things.

    June 19, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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