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.


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soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. Ramjet

    Jeesh. George Romney's Little Boy needs some more COUNSELING! You lost your Birth State. You can't win Here. And Most sensible folks don't Trust you. Give it Up!

    June 19, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. DarqueSide

    Seriously? If this is their 'frontrunner' then the GOP is in deep trouble.

    June 19, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. 2L

    24% means 76% DON'T like you

    June 19, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Vijnyan

    Funny. Same as Hillary.
    Polls well in the beginning, but always loses.

    June 19, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. Anne

    Romney with all his business experience was Governor of a state that was 47th in the nation in job creation . Under, Black Governor Patrick, with no business experience , Ma is about 6th in the nation of the 50 states in Job creation. President Obama , the smartest man to occupy the white house stopped the world from sinking into economic disaster. Thank God for him!!!

    June 19, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Jonsey

    I just read all these comments. I guess that none of you are out there trying to make a living or are married with children. They say there is no inflation, but look at your gas prices, grocery bill, state, county, local taxes and fees how they have gone up. Keep electing these losers like O & Hillery, and you will be helping America to become another 3rd world country. We already are on our way down just like the Roman Empire. There is no coming back. You people ought to be thinking that the gov't should be running their household just like we responsible people try to do. Make ends meet. I guess that is all lost on you idiots.

    June 19, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Douglas Bader

    If you people vote for a man that is a part of a religion founded by a con-man, you'll make George W Bush look like Einstein.

    June 19, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. dabble53

    Well, compared to the likes of Perry, Cruz, and the rest of the GOP, it's easy to be a front runner.
    BTW – government is not a business and if you try and run it like a business, you and it will be utter failures.

    June 19, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. The Tax Man

    Well, if Hillary gets charged in the scandals and is indicted/convicted then I would think Romney would have a chance. I would work for him if Hillary was not running! He would have been a much better President than the buffoon in the White House currently.

    June 19, 2014 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Wallaceboy

    I would vote for him in a minute. Obama was a poor choice in '08 and a really poor choice in '12. The liberal agenda has self destructed and most Obama supporters (except blacks) need something significant to keep them voting left of center. Hillary is a train wreck and American women are just not that stupid. Black worked for Obama but female will not work for HC. Too much baggage – too little accomplishment.
    Mitt made some errors like 47% and the press killed him. If Obama had said that we would never see it on the news but times have changed and values, maturity, experience and competence have resurfaced ahead of "hope and change". I would love to see this fine person lead our nation. A 21st century Regan is what he is.....a President for all - not just the minority voter and the special interest group...Hope it happens – for me, for America and for the world.

    June 19, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Mitt should just give all the money he has spent trying to be president to people that need it .

    It's so strange that his ego finds it so necessary to be #1 .

    Or maybe he has to prove to his late father he is worthy .

    It's just strange , he won't win , doesn't have a chance.

    June 19, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. OrmondGeorge

    How sad is THAT?
    Mitt is to be the biggest loser – AGAIN???

    June 19, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. maksim

    He might have business experience, but Hoover and Bush had it two and we had economic meltdown

    June 19, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Sandra

    Election is over mitt lost an that's the end of that, move on!!

    June 19, 2014 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Sandra

    The good news Is mitt lost end of story.

    June 19, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. Martha

    My vote is for Rick Perry if he runs! No bull and not worried about trying to impress the media. Just seems to do and say what's right for the country, Enough of the rehashed politicians old school ideology.

    June 19, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. Smeagel4T

    It's bad enough our government is owned by Wall Street. The last thing we need is somebody from Wall Street running it.

    June 19, 2014 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Big_D

    Mittens has the new gold plated car elevator so he feels more in touch with the common man.

    June 19, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. Randy

    Romney was laughed at when he said Russia was our major geopolitical foe, now we have seen Putin flexing muscle in the face of an impotent Obama. The ACA has driven up cost for health care. My family will pay $2400 more per year for lower quality care. Eight more years of these policies will bury the middle class!

    June 19, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Dee

    They must think the American people are stupid and forgot about Mr. 49%. Don't let the polls fool him like they did before.

    June 19, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. SeattleReign

    Sorry, but I think they will revert to Jeb Bush after eliminating the usual group of wacko suspects. Romney has the loser label now, plus he was never the pick of the Tea Party.

    June 19, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Bruce

    HA! Run like a retread tire with the same result.He'll blow out and be left by the side of the road.Seriously? The Republicans would actually re-run a candidate that has already been rejected?Pathetic!

    June 19, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Rocinante

    Run, Mitt, Run!!. You can beat Hillary all the way!

    June 19, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. Mick

    Was this the guy who wanted to take away old peoples retirement/ federal money to stay alive? And kill all money for useless things as already stated and medicare. So no person not working could just die.
    Not sure repubs will do well with current track record.

    June 20, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. Curt

    I wish Mitt would run again. Unfortunately, I don't think he would win. The far right and far left don't like Mitt, which in and of itself tells me he is a credible candidate. Americans need to quit their complaining and actually show up and cast a vote. The voter participation in this country speaks very poorly of our appreciation for the the freedoms our forefathers fought so hard to secure.

    June 20, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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