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.


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

    I hope he runs for a few reasons. In our current way of elections a Presidential bid is a way to make millions. Oh yes, I know that there are regulations. But, for example, Mitt's son was his campaign manager last time. The son's business partner and best friend was his campaign financial officer. The son was able to tear down a $400,000 beautiful house to build a new one that year. We must be nice and let them run again because it's an excellent way for them to collect millions to spend on clothes, trips, etc.

    June 19, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Gunderson

    Whazzat?
    You don't understand conservatism? Well hell it's never been tried! Liberalisim. That's easy. Now an 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. You have good retirement plan?

    June 19, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Luc

    you have to be kidding Romney. Forgo the election and save millions of dollars because Hillary if running will win in a bigger land slide than Obama did in 2012. Good luck GOP LOL

    June 19, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Susan

    Of course he is. We all realized what a huge mistake we made in 2012 just like we did in 2004 by re-electing the sitting president.

    June 19, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    24% is pretty pathetic.
    ---------

    Even more so are these numbers from the article:

    "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%"

    Looks like GOPerville found their man and his name is Mittens.

    Rah. Rah.

    June 19, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. SteveS

    The GOP needs to shuffle the deck a little better for 2016.

    The same joker keeps showing up?

    June 19, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Poker Fan

    It sure would be nice if Mitt would run again. I believe in him. I believe in his leadership skills. I believe in his ability to get the job done right and lead this country forward

    June 19, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. sly

    Yeah! President Clinton will love having that 75% 'who already have made their mind up to vote Democrat'!

    Has billionaire Romney paid more than 8% in taxes yet?

    Oh that's right – Republicans don't pay taxes – it's the lower middle class that finance all those coffins that our dead boys and girls got shipped home from Bush-land in.

    June 19, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Luc

    If Romney were to run he would be the favorite. GOP are really in trouble. Do the GOP understand that they have no one, and they want to run the country. God better bless America if GOP ever win POTUS

    June 19, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Robert N. constant

    When his generation was either being drafted or volunteering to go to Vietnam, Mitt Romney was on deferments touring France for the Mormon Church trying to convert French Catholics to Mormonism. Years later, This same Romney as Governor of Massachusetts compromised with the Massachusetts Legislature on a new State Healthcare system. To avoid a single payer system, Romney had the Heritage foundation come up with the model for Obamacare, including the mandate.
    As Governor of Massachusetts he raised the cost of State Colleges and Universities putting a college education out of reach for many working poor and middle class families. As CEO of Bain Capital, he also was instrumental in establishing the model for American Venture Capitalists to ship American jobs overseas.
    When Romney was asked about Mormon polygamy, he said that the Mormon Church renounced polygamy . He failed to mention that they did so only when the US threatened to seize all Church Assets if they did not, and that his great great grandfather took his harem to Mexico rather than comply.
    Mitt Romney is a rich and ambitious man. He has advanced himself at the expense of millions of Americans. Had Mitt Romney never been born the United States would be a better place to live.

    June 19, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. DRJJ

    We now know we made a big mistake hiring Obama, but it was the stylish thing to do.

    June 19, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. rs

    I honestly don't see the GOP selecting a twice-time loser in Presidential contests again. Meanwhile Mr. Romney will be a year shy of 70 in 2016- older than Ms. Clinton by a bit should she be the Democrats' nominee. No, Mr. Romney at best is their elder statesman.

    June 19, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. cesan

    waste of money and time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boooooooooooooo

    June 19, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Susan says:
    June 19, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm
    Of course he is. We all realized what a huge mistake we made in 2012 just like we did in 2004 by re-electing the sitting president.

    Speak for yourself Susan. I'd vote for President Obama again if I could. If the POTUS had a Congress that was as laser focused on getting the economy back on track as they are on destroying him, we would be doing much better.

    June 19, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. it must be said

    The country knows it made a big mistake by re-electing Obama now that his lies have been exposed. They know Romney woud have been a far, far better leader for this country. Instead, we wil lnow have the wasted Obama decade when American declined economically and internationally. Yes, Obama will have succeeded in his promise to "fundamentally transform America". Too many clueless Americans just assumed he meant in a POSITIVE way. SURPRISE!!!

    June 19, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. sifto

    We had our chance to have a great leader and we blew it..however, I see romney having a role in the 2016 gop whitehouse..

    June 19, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Wasn't it someone on the right who said. " Best horse in the glue factory""

    Speaking of which, word on the street is that Mittens is now building a horse elevator so Rafalca can sleep at the foot of the bed. They just love him so much.

    June 19, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Liberalisim. That's easy. Now an 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. You have good retirement plan?"

    $18T debt = Bush tax cuts, 2 unfunded wars, unfunded Medicare Part D and the recession. The numbers don't lie...why do you?

    June 19, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. critical thinking

    Romney made the mistake of running in 2012. If he waited till 2016 he might have had a chance but he thought that this nation was smart enough not to re-elect the community organizer for a second term and he was wrong. Now the country has a stagnant economy that will only go downward from here. A foreign policy that is the laughing stock of the world. Our President is not wearing any clothes people, he is naked as his plans for change and hope.

    June 19, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Christian_Grey

    If we would have elected him last time the recovery would have been almost complete.. But no the democrats elected a community organizer for a second term and he is failing

    June 19, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Jobu Serrano

    5 states determine the POTUS – if you don't live in 1 of these 5 states, your vote really doesn't have an impact as your state is either hard red or hard blue. The 5 states are CO, FL, NV, OH, & VA. NH, IA, and NM are no longer swing, but blue (in the last 6 elections, only 1 went red for each). MN, WI, & PA were 6/6 blue. NC is red – 2008 was an anomaly. AR, KY, LA, MO, TN, & WV are hard red now even though Clinton/Gore carried them in '92 & '96. This gives the dems a 257-206 head start to 270.

    June 19, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Dennis Freeman

    Please proceed Governor...

    June 19, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ my friend smith:
    Outside of the sleazy confines of the Jersey Shores Christie NEVER really had a shot.
    Interesting to hear you refer to Bridgegate as a scandal that he was "associated" with.
    Christie was the scandal.
    Christie authorized Bridgegate as sure as O.J. killed his wife.
    The fact that both of them got away scott-free means nothing.

    June 19, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Hairy reed

    Sniffit

    "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.

    June 19, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess not enough Republicans can recall the fact that Romney lost. Isn't group psychosis fun to watch?

    June 19, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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