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.

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

    Romney's business experience?

    There is a lot more to running the country than business experience.

    Just look at recent events!

    June 19, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. MonTTy

    "Familiar" is the last thing Republicans need in 2016.

    June 19, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. bleedsnyblue

    Ah, poor Mitt. Soon to be famous as the 21st century Adlai Stevenson.
    Shouldn't he be the "talent" in a Viagra commercial somewhere?

    June 19, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. bleedsnyblue

    Ah, Mitt. Soon to be renowned as the 21st Century's Adlai Stevenson.
    Shouldn't he be the "talent" in a Viagra commercial somewhere?

    June 19, 2014 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. emskadittle

    i am not really sure running a business translates into running the country

    June 19, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. George

    I like Hillary. Please. Please Please. Put little rich boy Romney up there again, OH PLEASE !!!

    June 19, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. joethejuggler

    Romney won't run. His tax returns will still be an issue. Since he almost certainly participated in the 2009
    Swiss bank account amnesty deal, he will never release that return.

    June 19, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. really

    I see several comments regarding hiring a business expert for president and let me lay that notion to rest for you... take a gander at Rick Scott, Florida's GOP elitist governor who made millions in the medical billing field ... Florida leads the nation in foreclosures with a staggering 6.6% foreclosure rate as we wait for round #2 of foreclosures that could push us over 10%. Many small Florida towns are gutted-out hallow shells even Tallahassee has several empty rotten homes on almost every block with no end in sight! Scott is blaming the last governor for this problem even though he's had plenty of time to change course it makes his banking buddies billionaires! So you can believe what you want ...but Mitt told the truth ...he's not concerned with at least 49% of america ... and you can bet 49% are not interested in Mitt.

    June 19, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. MoBlues

    Run Mitt please you are already 47% in the hole.

    June 19, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Mark

    I cant believe this country passed up Romney for four more years of Obama failure

    June 19, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. tumbleweedtom

    Mit is a wonderful man who loves his country. He has the business and leadership experience necessary to lift this country out of the cesspool Obama has allowed it to slip into both domestically and foreign.

    June 19, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Bobloblaw

    He isn't running.

    June 19, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. t

    Run Mitt....RUN........Run Mitt RUN..........................................................H. Clinton

    June 19, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Richard

    Is he going to bore people to death like last time? Romney, you are NO Reagan when it comes to public speaking, so hire a coach.

    June 19, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. scott

    the best tag against mittens came from senator kennedy....mitt romney flip flops on everything, a-matter-of-fact give him 2 more weeks and mitt romney will say he is for ted kennedy for senator....

    June 19, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. david

    not to worry Romney will make sure Hillary is president, hahahaha

    June 19, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. John

    Haha! That's hilarious.

    June 19, 2014 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. anonymous

    It is a very sad time in American when all the comments are just ugly. We are not respected in the World forum and our domestic polices are very vague. Mr. Romney would have made a better President then Obama. Hilary would have been a better President then Obama. We are in for very hard times in the next few years. It is not about right or left and it is not about Democrats and Republicans it is about what is best for all the People of America. It is about understanding they we live in one of the best Countries in the World. The news medias spins each of their own story to make us believe their side. It is a very sad time.

    June 19, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. oldeafcoot

    No surprise. The Republican party has no new ideas, no new candidates, no new positions. Why not recycle the same old tired faces and slogans.

    June 19, 2014 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. dpbenesch

    And he can be the GOP frontrunner, but the country will never elect him in the General Election. If he hasn't learned that lesson by now, he never will.

    June 19, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Coloradogirl

    The media is trying to control the elections. Please don't fall for this nonsense. Mitt is not the GOP choice. He's not nearly conservative enough.

    June 19, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Sashatree

    Mittens running again would be a dream for Democrats from sea to shining sea! Especially since the vast majority of American voters are steaming mad about the ever-widening economic disparity in our nation. Mittens is the posterchild of the 1%. So, if the GOP is stupid enough to run him, we can all rest assured a Democrat will be elected POTUS! Romney is a complete LOSER on every level!!

    June 19, 2014 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. Chuck

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

    Most telling sentence in the article.

    June 19, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. John line

    Good grief.

    June 19, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. VEW2012

    The 49 percent still say NO!. Running businesses into the ground is experience? Hello! Business experience is not a qualifier for being president. All the real failures at being president banked on their business experience. The federal government is not a business, it is more like a non-profit organization. Which is not supposed to make a profit; government is supposed to serve the people.

    June 19, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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