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. Hank

    Americans are far too dumb to learn from their mistakes. Hillary will win.

    June 19, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
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    You lie Sniffit!!
    Say you're lying!!
    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
    Oh my!

    June 19, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess that Sifto, It Must be Said and other shills for the current GOP spin have not bothered to check their 401Ks that were gutted under the last GOP regime. Why would anyone bother going back to the people who fell asleep at the switch and are congenitally incapable of governance? I guess the GOP is hoping that if they can literally talk themselves into power without a clear plan of what they plan to do, then they can also flap their arms and fly to the moon.

    June 19, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Denise

    It might explain why this clown has been popping up everywhere.

    June 19, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Dave

    Mitt Romney will never be president of the United States. The best candidate Republicans have to offer is Jon Huntsman, and he won't get their nomination because he's not extreme right enough.

    June 19, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Sanityrules

    He's the only candidate thus far that has any sense from either party.

    June 19, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. mike

    Mitt wants to prove how to lose and still be happy.

    June 19, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. First One

    Romney didn't just lose the election, he got creamed. You don't put a person out again after they had lost that handily.

    June 19, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Jackson

    Of course Romney is the frontrunner. The GOP have shown time and again that they have no new ideas to offer.

    June 19, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Lsteel

    No-ooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    And don't start with what a "good man" Romney is. He is many things. "Good" is not one of them.

    June 19, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. MicheleBelle

    He's the MALE version of Sarah Palin. No one will EVER vote for him.

    June 19, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. old age voter

    It’s looking better for Romney and bad for the Democratic party and all you liberals saying Bush lied now that the headlines read

    Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' – live

    June 19, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Jackson

    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 would have been a far, far better leader for this country. Instead, we will now 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!!!

    ________________

    Share what you are smoking.

    Please remember Romney created Romneycare, and said it would be the model for the country. Once it became the model for the country, and the GOP started attacking it, he sure changed his tune to make sure he fell in line.

    In fact, Romney did a lot of that. Many of the things he was for as Governor, he was against as a Presidential candidate. And many things he was against as Governor, he was for as a Presidential candidate. Once he had to start courting conservative voters, he had to change his tune on a lot of his beliefs.

    June 19, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Jackson

    Tommy G
    Obama amd his total incompetence domestically and now internationally has poisoned the well for ANY Democrat running in 2014 and 2016. Every day brings another 'I read about it in the newspaper' Obama moment, or another international crisis that reveals total lack of leadership and ability to act. Almost 6 years in office and the same canned lines, canned excuses, canned finger pointing, etc. has everybody except the rabid lefties finally accepting that Obama is just clueless and has no idea what to do, except campaign fund raise.

    _______________

    And in those same six years nothing but "no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no" from the GOP. No solutions, just the word "no" on infinite loop.

    June 19, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Cin99

    Okay, that is hilarious. Perhaps we will see his Tax Returns next time around. I doubt it. GOP is so desperate these days, the have no one. Nothing but climate change deniers, and those choosing not to protect the voting rights act. Absolutely nobody.

    June 19, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    Hank...I don't know that you are right in your assessment...".too dumb". They voted for BO for a 2nd term....definately dumber than voting him in the first time. And that "dumb" vote was made because he quashed HC run at the Oval Office. "End of an Error, January 20, 2017"

    June 19, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. gravatarfocus

    Bwahahah please run again Mittens! Lets see if you can get more than a single swing state this time! lol

    June 19, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Namejake

    I'm a dem but will not vote for Clinton!!!!!

    June 19, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Mike

    I get a kick out of the Republicans spouting off what a good job Romney would have done if elected. Their trickle down economics and give the rich the tax breaks to create jobs. Sure worked really well when GW was in office didn't it? Gas over $4.00 a gallon, banks and mortgage companies failing, borrowing money from China for two unnecessary wars. GW doled out $300 billion before leaving office to start TARP. Then the Republicans whine whimper piss and moan about the deficit that Obama created. Can you say hypocrite? This present Republican party is full of nothing but hypocrites! The only one in the bunch that made any sense was Ron Paul. A flat tax, bring our troops home secure our borders, and start taking care of American cut off foreign aid. No one in the Republican party supported him. He might have really tried to be a representative of the people not a puppet of big business!

    June 19, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. dh

    Amen dave!!

    June 19, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Zeev

    Great news, so long as they don't choose someone electable, like say Christie

    June 19, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. o.w. sanchez

    minority vote he would not get,black or Latino,veterans vote he would not get..............................why run fool!

    June 19, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Cin99 says:
    June 19, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm
    Okay, that is hilarious. Perhaps we will see his Tax Returns next time around. I doubt it. GOP is so desperate these days, the have no one. Nothing but climate change deniers, and those choosing not to protect the voting rights act. Absolutely nobody.

    Didn't you get the memo? He doesn't have to show his taxes, his birth certificate, his high school and college transcripts or anything else. He has that look they're looking for.

    June 19, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    @Jackson
    Tommy G
    Obama amd his total incompetence domestically and now internationally has poisoned the well for ANY Democrat running in 2014 and 2016. Every day brings another 'I read about it in the newspaper' Obama moment, or another international crisis that reveals total lack of leadership and ability to act. Almost 6 years in office and the same canned lines, canned excuses, canned finger pointing, etc. has everybody except the rabid lefties finally accepting that Obama is just clueless and has no idea what to do, except campaign fund raise.

    _______________

    And in those same six years nothing but "no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no" from the GOP. No solutions, just the word "no" on infinite loop.
    -------–
    Some of the things Obama did not do include not getting more US soldiers killed, not invading the wrong country, not having another 9/11, not taking away peoples right to marry.

    So he is now about to bomb some stuff in Iraq. Conserva-hawks happy?

    June 19, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. rusty

    Mitt may be the front runner but he won't run because he knows that Hilary already has the next election locked up.

    June 19, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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