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. Raj

    One stupid GOPer blogger (they have now learned how to use computers) says if now Romney runs against Obama he will win. He has not see unemployment numbers, economy and and end unwanted, dumb war in Iraq. This time if the elections were held today, Romney will even loose some of the red states. So yaah bring him back and I will say Prez hillary. If GOPers keep coming up with great candidates and keep leaning FAR RIGHT, country will keep electing the firsts. The first black president, the first female president and on and on and on.....

    June 19, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Ralter

    So... what was that quote again about the meaning of insanity?

    June 19, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Rascalmcdoogle

    Lets just pick a president like we do for Jury duty.....would probably be the best American President ever.

    June 19, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. dah00

    If he runs as moderate, he may win. If he runs as a wingnut like last time, he'll lose again. He's a good person, though weak of spine when it comes to standing up to bullies, as opposed to leading them.

    June 19, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. DaveW

    Yes, let's draft Mitt. He can't show us his tax returns, his wife has trouble choosing which Cadillac to drive to the stables each day and the dog that rode on the roof is no longer available for questioning.

    June 19, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Christopher

    He won't do it. Sure, he would be then preferred choice of republicans. But he wouldn't stand a chance against Hillary. Sorry. That's the way it is.

    June 19, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. tbw

    Every night I thank the Lord that Barack Obama was elected on 2008 and 2012. If McCain had been elected, the old warmonger would've gladly kept us slogging along in Iraq. Romney would've gone to war against Syria and possibly Russia. President Obama is criticized for being indecisive, when in fact he is very deliberative. Thousands of Americans are alive today because neither McCain nor Romney was elected–and because President Obama is deliberative. If CNN did a survey on the most anti-Obama comments on this blog, I am certain that most of those comments would be from white males, and I'll leave it at that.

    June 19, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    This article is a total lie. Put out by liberals who are hoping Romney will run again to guarantee them another commie socialist in the White House. I will never vote for Romney and I don't know anyone else who would either.

    June 19, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Aww, come on, can't you just feel the empathy Mr Car-Elevator-Binders-full-of-women has for the rest of us? A grown man engaging in an infantile temper tantrum, instead of being gracious, is hardly worthy of a second look, much less a third look.

    June 19, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. joe d.

    ask o'l mitt what our ex- mayor of boston did to him while he tried to act like the governor of mass. our great mayor, slammed this fool and exposed him for the dope that he is. this man is a joke ! silly man going to try again ?

    June 19, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. deee510

    Mitt is the front runner when he isn't running against anybody.lol. But as history has proven if he runs against someone with a brain he's toast.lmao funny stuff.

    June 19, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. jim

    Let's see, he profession was dismantling business and firing people, and in many cases, selling the businesses in parts to foreign corporations. And then when he was Governor, he was close to last in job creation. And during his campaign, the second one, he vowed to start a war with Iran and make sure gays can't have equal rights.

    Yeah, keep picking them GOP.

    June 19, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. mac101

    Romney a front runner? Well, my city needs a dog-catcher...

    June 19, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    A happy day for China and the Cayman Islands.

    June 19, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Richard Ayers (@Rickdaddybear)

    Listen, all you have to do, is read the fourth (4th) paragraph, to get the gist of why Mitt & Anne Romney will be running again. The first thing one must understand about the Romney's: THEY HAVE GOT LOTS OF PERSONAL WEALTH! And, that feeds into the second reason why he's running. Both Mitt & Anne have felt that they are "entitled," to occupy the White House! Most of us really don't have a clue of how much it bothered them, when the country REJECTED THEM, to give Barack Obama a second term. HOW DARE WE DO THAT??
    And, this survey was conducted in an area of the country where Romney has plenty of influence (financially), as well as many friends in high-places.
    And, from my personal perspective: Mitt Romney, wants to take another ride on the ole' Republican Primary Clown-Car Tour. I think, that he has never had so much fun as he did, when he went through the process in the 2011-2012 tour.
    Most notable remembrance of that: just go back and look at that rally held near the end of the nomination tour, after Romney had taken the nomination. Singer Meat Loaf, was horribly attempting to sing: AMERICA......the National Anthem.
    He sounded so horrible in his attempt, that it had Romney completely rolling in laughter. And, let's not forget another moment that just cracked Romney up (according to reporters imbedded with his campaign). This was the performance that actor/director Clint Eastwood did, at the Republican National Convention in Florida. The one where he talked to an empty chair, on the stage. And, the chair was allegedly occupied by President Obama. Remember that one??

    June 19, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Clement Arbruster Bodog Castlenut, Jr.

    Mitt for president = pinata for Hillary

    June 19, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    We need you Mitt

    June 19, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Spencer

    I voted for that asscrack twice, HUGE mistake. The man has no core whatsoever. Mitt Romney is not a person, he's whatever he needs to be to win. If you're looking for a pragmatist, Romney isn't it.

    June 19, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. Sophie.meyer

    Good lord, are republicans truly as desperate asnthey appear? Romney, seriously?

    June 19, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Louie

    Boring 3.0...only this time it comes with a flashy new tie.

    June 19, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. drake mallard

    Rich old men will always send poor young men to fight their wars while protecting their sons

    Romney supported the Vietnam War, but did not enlist. Instead, he got
    draft deferments and worked as a missionary ["minister of religion"] for
    31 months, for the Mormon church, in France, one of those "European

    while the middle and working class of America sent their sons and daughters off to war during the past 10 years NOT EVEN ONE of these 5 Romney son’s (all who were of military service age) served their nation during that time frame. No, not even one!

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and now Romney along with the rest of the Republican CHICKENHAWKS never have a problem sending other people's children to war.Will any of Mitt's 5 sons be involved in this future "war"?

    June 19, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Gordon

    I want Santorum to win the nomination. Then we'll have a really entertaining campaign.

    June 19, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Steve P

    I am a far right conservative and Romney has no chance to win. 320 million people and Romney and Hilary are the best we can do?

    June 19, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. wow

    Romney was just about right about every issue and we got the guy that had the wrong answers...we should BE so lucky if he ran again...but alas, I doubt he will.....

    June 19, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. tafugate

    lessee, wrote off 47 percent of the population even before the election. then lied his butt off to the remaining 53 percent. and this would be your frontrunner?

    June 19, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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