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. trons

    why in the hell would he run again he was two faced in the last run and lied straight to the public on several key issues and didn't know any of the facts the truth is the bush jr. ran this country into the ground and left a mess for the next president to fix Obone head is at least trying not saying he has done a good job. if mitt runs again we are all done for and might as well call our country home of the brave land of the idoits its the republicans that are holding this country back and not allowing for change I say fire everyone on capital hill and lets get some new people in there at minimum wage and see who will do the job

    June 19, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. dike

    If Sara Palin stands for election I will vote for her to be the only one in the country that voted for her. Seriously there are no other better candidates other than Mitt in the republican party.

    June 19, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. BHO

    Mittens who?

    June 19, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Bighead

    Break out the binders full of women!

    June 19, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. gahh

    Don't care who runs, as long as it's not another Bush. This country is sick of the Bushes, the Clinton's, and Mitt Romney.

    June 19, 2014 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Bighead

    Romney says he's not running, but we know he'll probably flip-flop on that.

    June 19, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The choice is easy: vote Libertarian.

    June 19, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. yogi

    Hairy reed

    "I Wish Governor Jan Brewer was running, she'd definitely stop the Immigration crisis"

    Perhaps. As it is, she can stop a clock, so maybe if we use her as a scarecrow on the border?
    Hillary is the frontrunner for that scarecrow job.
    Here you have it in a nutshell: The righties are good in putting a different label on a joke, but have a hard time coming up with an original one. They cannot come up with a good candidate in 2016 so they recycle the bishop, again. They continue to rebrand the GOP, over and over again until the pig is covered in lipstick. The GOP cannot govern since the only idea they have is to recycle "NO". In 2016 they will come up a recycled clown car, unfortunately with the same recycled clowns inside. What a pathetic party.

    June 19, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. robert


    Romney stated, "Now that I'm fully qualified to run our one-story elevator I feel even more qualified to be president."

    an obvious dig at the current president who has demonstrated he cannot run a country.......it's obvious that Mitt has vast more experience on how to run things than a community organizer. bwahahahaha!

    June 19, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. rosethornne

    No thanks.

    June 19, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Mark

    Illustrates just how bad the rest of the GOP jokers really are.

    June 19, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. too late

    Too many people were so afraid to vote for a Mormon they voted for... well, you see where that got us. I'm not sure where the threat was-but we know where it is now, don't we?
    To the conservatives who were afraid to vote for a mormon-you now have open marriage, legalized drugs, and minimal freedom of speech.
    To the libarals who thought they voted for the future of America, we have higher debt, lie after lie after lie, and a country in shambles.
    To the independents who straddled the fence, we have certainly seen where this particular president took us.
    Romney would have been better than this mess of a man we call president.

    June 19, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. LogicRules

    Lipstick on a pig...welcome to the GOP

    June 19, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. WOW

    The Republicans are so lacking in any new ideas or talent, I am surprised they don't dig up tricky Dick Nixon and run him again.

    June 19, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. captcaps

    Romney for resident

    June 19, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. max cady

    Romney's only business experience is abusing the the employees, and then hiding the money if off shore banks.
    This is not what the American people need as a leader,

    June 19, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Deja Vu

    For Mitt to be the frontrunner tells you of the depth of candidates in the Rep party. Roll the 47% speech he made to rich contributors....

    June 19, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Ron

    Had the dems not bought all the votes from the 49% "free-loaders" Romney would be our President today and the U.S. would be much better off and have much more respect from the world. Go for it Mitt. I believe most "informed "voters have come to realize what the "Transformational Changes" HE promised....really meant. .

    June 19, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. matsci2

    The GOP has to face facts and, in 2012, Romney was by far the best option they had. Any of the other nutjobs that were running against him in the primaries would have been slaughtered in the general election. Since the best GOP options have problems (Christie's "bridgegate", Bush's being a Bush, Paul is an isolationist, etc.), it is not unreasonable that Romney sounds like a good option.

    June 19, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. HenryMason

    For a guy who is used to getting his way, crushing the hopes and dreams of others, its pretty tough to have it dealt to him time and again.

    June 19, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. AmericanFool

    Mitt seems two-faced – doesn't impress me. Nor Ron Paul, he doesn't seem very smart. I like Christie – I think he'd make some mistakes, but I think he'd be a strong President. After all, Bush 1, Clinton and Obama are all reasonably smart guys, and I supported all of them vs their opponents, (yeah, I'm a Rino) but none of them really had that leadership ability like Reagan. I think Christie may have some of that too.

    June 19, 2014 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Pam

    As a Democrat, looking at the republicans, I'm thrilled that all they can come up with is Romney! Thank you republicans for your lack of brains, your lack of empathy and your lack of common sense. You do realize how well the economy is doing, right? You do realize that our 401ks are in better shape than ever, right? Nah, those are facts and you people only survive on angry emotion. Yes, please, Romney!

    June 19, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Ron

    Sorry....didn't realize I was on the CNN liberal network.....don't worry....I will never waste my time responding to the "drive by" out of touch media.

    June 19, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. tinykhan

    Jon Huntsman is one of the very few Republicans I would even take a second look at.

    June 19, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Lincoln

    GOP please say it isn't so! Like above comments have pointed out I am so sick of my own party, the only idiots voting for Romney would be the same people still driving around with Vote for Bush bumper stickers.

    June 19, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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