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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He has that look they're looking for."

    Well, Queen Ann certainly thought so.

    June 19, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. mg

    A loser is a loser.

    June 19, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    When Mitt Romney blamed "free stuff" for the landslide victory, that's when I knew for certain that the man lacks the morals to take responsibility for his own failures and shortcomings. During the last two weeks, he and his campaign repeatedly lied about the Jeep ad that they had put out, despite the fact that Jeep had declared the ad totally inaccurate.

    Running in 2016 means Romney would have to make financial disclosures, and the nomination would mean releasing more tax returns, enough to cover the years between 2012 and 2016. Anything less would make it look like he was trying to hide something AGAIN.

    Nope, Mr. Romney is the de facto leader of the Republican simply by mere fact that he is their most recent nominee. He's not running anymore, which means that he can say anything he wants and not be held accountable at the polls. So, he slides into a kingmaker role, and tries to sound more moderate and reasonable than the actual candidates. Mitt will become that big shiny thing that Republicans will want you to pay attention to, not their candidates.

    June 19, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. smith1

    the republican party is one big joke. No ideas no candidates no common sense. This president has had to do everything without them. Just think how much could have been done for the American people if they would have worked together. How much quicker the recovery how much better the climate and how much fairer the tax base. Instead they cost 24 billion for a shut down then complain about spending. The health care would have gone smoother and worked better for the people.

    June 19, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. pjoe

    Nah ... we wouldn't want a competent President. We must have token Presidents. We need a woman!!

    June 19, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. smith

    @DM40-Christie was doing better in all the polls before the bridgegate scandal and I think he had the best shot at beating Clinton. However, its all in the past and unless something crazy happends Clinton will be the next potus. The GOP`s problem is they have no one to get behind.

    June 19, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. twisted truth

    Still chuging the koolaid I see Tommy, and look how it makes you sound, you believe everything the gop says and calls the left clueless, lmao. How many of your gop generated scandals, have been proven, let me answer, zero. Your the rube they are looking for when they start these "scandals", and your simply not smart enough yo realize it, too funny, you make me feel like Steven hawking, thanks bud!

    June 19, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Lenny Pincus

    Please run again. I love the tales of Kolob.

    June 19, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. It's true!

    Romney was a great candidate and came across as a good, able, experienced man. It's hardly surprising that uneducated Americans didn't realize his worth and listened to CNNs relentless barrage of lies and misinformation so "their boy" could get in and ruin the country!

    June 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. betterdays

    Need to run a female or a minority from here to eternity. No more white men allowed. Half-white is alright, though.

    June 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. TONE


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

    You are no dem so stop pretending, you are a tea troll bashing Hillary. If your intention is to turn voters off, you are not getting through to me.

    June 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    " Now the country has a stagnant economy that will only go downward from here."

    LOL. Announcing that you think this country's economic woes and stagnating economy, slow growth, widening income and wealth disparities, etc., are only a result of things that have happened or been done during Obama's presidency is the same as announcing that you don't have the slightest clue what you're talking about.

    June 19, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Namersh404

    Christy for resident

    June 19, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Just think how much could have been done for the American people if they would have worked together. How much quicker the recovery how much better the climate and how much fairer the tax base"

    Yes, but just think of how much credit Obama and the Dems would have been able to take for that success since they had the control over the WH and Senate (and the House for a few months at the beginning). The GOP/Teatrolls simply could NOT let that happen.

    June 19, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Doesn't say much for the current crop of potential Republican presidential candidates. Hillary will win big in 2016!

    June 19, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. twisted truth

    Other than tax breaks for the rich, what has the gop offered? Look how well that's working in Jersey, same as it worked for our country, record job losses and a deep deep recession, and nothing but complaining about how long its taking for someone else to clean up the mess, and they refuse to help, and run lies 24/7 trying to garner support for obstructing any efforts to fix it. Its simply amazing how many people can't accept that, its right there, but oh no, its not our fault, the black mans spending all your money on the people who don't want to work, again very thankful I have an intelligent mind, must suck having to let others do your thinking for you.

    June 19, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. reasonablebe

    oh, please... ah, no.

    June 19, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |

    Is Canadian-Born Ted Cruz Eligible to Run for President?

    Will the Birthers Scrutinize Ted Cruz U.S. Citizenship?One has to wonder if the birthers will raise an outcry again

    Um, Ted Cruz's father was not American at the time of his birth. He was Cuban. That's right... who happily fought alongside Fidel Castro as a teen TED CRUZ's FATHER IS A CUBAN. Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, who immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, told NPR that though he came to the country legally, he essentially bribed an official to get out of Cuba so he could come over.In an interview near his home outside Dallas, the elder Cruz says that as a teenager, he fought alongside Fidel Castro’s forces to overthrow Cuba’s U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. He was caught by Batista’s forces, he says, and jailed and beaten before being released. It was 1957, and Cruz decided to get out of Cuba by applying to the University of Texas. Upon being admitted, he adds, he got a four-year student visa at the U.S. Consulate in Havana. And his mother was an American. And he was born in Calgary Alberta. I don't know how having a Cuban father makes you more American than Obama somehow.

    June 19, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. njx

    There used to be a worthwhile Republican Party in this country. Where did it go? The current party has one platform: "If you are rich and white and male, we love you. The rest of you can rot."

    June 19, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. smith

    @Wake Up-Remember the Dems and liberal media always after GWB DD214? Remember a famous news anchor lost his career for trying to distort the facts of GWB`s military service? I think his name Rather(sarcasm). The point is both sides have their radical elements to make their oppostion look bad.

    June 19, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Name

    Give it up... The ruling elite have already decided who will be the next puppet in office. JFK was the last real president the US had. His assassination served notice that the office will do as it is told or.......

    June 19, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. joeusavotes

    Who ever runs let's make sure they have a vision of where they want to take the country and can explain it. Someone who is a problem solver. Someone who can surround themselves with people who can offer sound advice. Someone who understands budgets and can deal with people who don't agree with them but can still come out with an agreement. Someone who can hire people to do the people's business and fire them if they turn out to be a bust.

    June 19, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Ed

    Is this a joke? Hasn't the Republican Party suffered enough, now they are going to recycle this idiot AGAIN.

    June 19, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. 1776usa2016

    Mitt, how's that landslide working out for you?

    Ha ha ha ha ha.


    June 19, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Name Uche Agonsi

    What is it really that would lure a US voter to favour any GOP presidency?....is it a foreign policy that US would declare war on any hostile country, or economy that would benefit only the rich, or health policy that wants all poor people dead, or a policy that outsources US employment, a policy that promotes discrination on women, racial hatred and payment of tax by the poor only. When will these Repub supporters learn their lesson.

    June 19, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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