Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?
June 19th, 2014
12:09 PM ET
8 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.

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soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. btbonnette

    He had his chance and blew it.

    June 19, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    DRICH says:
    June 19, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm
    Mine as well save any conservative comment, your get your head chewed off. Love how the media is so liberal, especially CNN. I’m all for Romney. He would have done MUCH better than Obama. And the liberals will go off because of this comment, just watch!

    He probably would be doing better because his party wouldn't have tried to make him a one termer nor would they be trying to destroy him. If the GOP hadn't decided to make President Obama a one termer we'd be doing a lot better.

    And that's not an attack, it's a comment.

    June 19, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Zoey Kay

    He won't even make it through the comical clown car primary this time.

    June 19, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. langor1

    I believe Mitt Romney would be an excellent choice.

    June 19, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. langor1

    Apparently you can only post negative comments about Mitt Romney.

    June 19, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Aces

    If Romney had been elected, we would be in a lot better shape in the areas of the economy, healthcare and foreign policy.

    June 19, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. American

    I think the Clinton's now have more money than Romney.

    June 19, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. langor1

    I believe Mitt Romney would be an excellent President.

    June 19, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. langor1

    I believe Mitt Romney would be great.

    June 19, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. ellid

    DRICH – sorry, but I'm from Massachusetts. Romney was a lousy excuse for a governor, and spent most of his last eighteen months out of state getting ready to run for President. He would have been a disaster as President.

    June 19, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. tet1953

    Run Mitt, run! lol Bah, it doesn't matter who they run.

    June 19, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Dan W

    Please, NO! The GOP needs a stronger, more versatile candidate with better ideas. We can't afford 4 years of Hillary, or whomever the Dems run.

    June 19, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This is the Republican's best chance for the presidency after the disaster of Obama. Don't blow it by redistributing damaged goods.

    June 19, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. John

    There's no way the Republican party would nominate Mitt again. There's just no way they would ever be that generous toward the democrats ...

    June 19, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. ArchStanton

    The GOP field is incredibly weak. The party is so indebted to the crazy fundamentalists that are keeping it on life support that they just don't have anyone credible anymore. Romney is a loser, but just about everyone else on their roster is a lunatic who could never get elected on a national scale. I don't think you're going to see another Republican president for decades, because their party doesn't know what's wrong with it and won't accept the fact that becoming more conservative is not the way to fix it. Conservatism has failed. If it was really the best way to go, states that elect conservatives with the most regularity - such as Mississippi, Alabama, Tennesee, etc. – would be getting the best results and leading the rest of the country. Instead, they're far behind in every way. If the Republicans want to get anywhere, they'll have to accept that and become more moderate... but, they're faith-based in all things and they'll cling to the lie they want to believe, even if it keeps them sidelined forever. And, that's just as well, because they have a terrible national track record. The Democrats aren't great, either, but they're easily the better of the two parties we have to choose from.

    June 19, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Elliott Carlin

    Romney is establishment and therefore part of the problem. 2016: No more Obama–and please, no more Bushes or Clintons.

    June 19, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Scott

    Romney would be a good choice if he can focus and has some ideas. In the general election against Obama, he acted somewhat strange without a coherent message. Voters want leadership. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz don't offer any leadership. It is not clear whether Romney offers any leadership, but I do view him as honest. Romney is a rational choice compared to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Both of them voted for a selective default on the national debt.

    June 19, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. newshound

    On Meet the Press last Sunday, Romney sounded more presidential than Obama ever has.

    June 19, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. rh


    It's even funnier because they are serious!!!

    June 19, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Quin

    I would vote for him again and again. The man could really help this country get back on track.

    June 19, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Juergen

    Dear Lord,

    Please don't let this wahoo run.

    Thank you.


    June 19, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. DC Johnny

    Month after month, Romney's predictions have come true.

    Keep ignoring the truth, lefties.

    June 19, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Sam

    The Republicans only hope is a moderate. That would be Christie or Bush.

    June 19, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. okiejoe

    Well, as awful as Mitt is, he's a lot better than ALL the other fools now in the running for the Republican nomination. He's the only one who may not belong in an asylum somewhere.

    June 19, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Romney isn't mr personality but does have proven business experience. I would vote for him over any other republican or democrat that has hinted at running. Hopefully some other candidates (from either party) will run. We need to carefully choose the best person for the job next time. Not so sure we did last several times...

    June 19, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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