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. twisted truth

    So romney was not the liar, really, do why did the CEO of Jeep feel compelled to buy airtime to personally tell the public that it was not true, and asked Romney to stop running the ads, but like a true blue gop doubled down on it, went on to call Obama's economic plans trickle down economics, and reminded us all that trickle down economics don't work, just days after their tax plan clearly was nothing but an extreme trickle down scenario, brilliant, how did he loose. The gop will do the same next time, lies are all they have.

    June 19, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lynda/Minnesota says:
    June 19, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm
    “He has that look they’re looking for.”

    Well, Queen Ann certainly thought so.

    That she did....

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

    Saying he'd be the frontrunner among repukeblicans is like saying Hitler would be the frontrunner among nazis.

    June 19, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Nice try communist news network. We are not letting the lamestream media pick our candidaate. Sorry
    Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Ben Carson. Pick one of those and you might be right And KHillary won't stand a chance agaisnt any of them.

    June 19, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. CryBabies

    Its interesting to see who's calling people "clueless" on this topic. Sometimes a using a mirror will put a stop to such silliness.

    June 19, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller


    "Christy for resident"

    ... of the Federal Penitentiary.


    June 19, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. critical thinking

    "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"

    EXACTLY !!!

    June 19, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. JC

    These polls 2-3 years away from an election always pan out.

    June 19, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. tv22

    What other candidates lead in the state they live in? Of course he is the leader in a NH poll.

    June 19, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Vijay

    Romney will never quit the race for president until he gets it.. His Wife is pushing him to run again...

    June 19, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. rs

    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.
    You raise a great question. The GOP has simply failed to perform since Mr. Obama took office. When they did act it was with repulsive reproduction rights laws; laws curtailing voting; laws curtailing civil rights- and worse.

    Why in the world do they expect anyone to vote for them? It won't be the quality of their candidates; it won't be their policies or programs (that are very well hidden after 6 years of "NO!); and it won't be because of their neo Taliban outlook on science and modernity.

    The GOP is looking like Mr. Romney- a bit too old to be effective or interested.

    June 19, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Hooper

    For what? He's not qualified to be a dog catcher anywhere in this country.

    June 19, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Other than tax breaks for the rich, what has the gop offered?"

    Destruction of Medicare, Medicaid and SS. No minimum wages. Peeling back child labor laws. Undoing health insurance for all. Blocking 5M-10M from receiving Medicaid under the expansion. 50+ votes to repeal the ACA. Downgraded national credit because they just had to play "chicken" to "prove a point." Rapid radicalization of the right wing and mobilization of their anti-gov't base. Nationwide efforts to suppress minority and poor votes in myriad ways (not just voter IDs). Renewed extremist collateral attacks on a woman's right to choose with things like medically unnecessary and economical prohibitive regulation of women's clinics to deliberately put them out of business state-wide. An explosion of latent white-fright race-resentment like someone finally lanced a societal cyst that's been festering since 1964. Government shutdowns that cost billions of dollars in economic activity but help stagnate the economy so they can blame bad employment numbers on Obama. Massive filibuster records that likely won't be topped for another century. Xenophobic race-bating against Hispanics and immigrants because demographic shifts present such an existential threat to the GOP. Etc. etc. So yeah...don't be silly...the GOP/Teatrolls have LOTS to offer.

    June 19, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. joel palmer

    This speaks volumes about the field of potential candidates (dumb and dumber). The GOP by adopting a "know nothing; oppose everything" posture and appealing to the basest instincts in people has insured that they will not see an occupant of theirs in the White House possibly ever and will shortly lose control of BOTH houses and most State Houses. Only gerrymandering and voter suppression have staved off the inevitable this long. When you are the official party of the stupid; the ignorant; the haters, the bigots and the very very rich; this is what you get:
    marginalized to the brink of extinction

    June 19, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Harley

    Mitt is the only worthwhile GOP candidate.

    June 19, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

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


    So women are incompetent, huh? To the ladies viewing this message thread who still have doubts about the rampant misogyny in the red party, here's ANOTHER sign for ya!

    June 19, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Sniffin

    The same 'ol horses. The same 'ol BS!

    Please stop talking about Hillary that way!

    June 19, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Patrick Serrano

    Will he have another binders full of women?

    June 19, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. vesaversa

    There is no poll that can make Romney a viable presidential candidate in 2016 how ridiculous .The man lost terribly in 2012 by 12 point .The Americans people have already rejected him and his draconian ideas once it will be embarrassing for Romney if he have to be told no again.

    June 19, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. jet

    They shoulda voted for him last time you cant get much worse than the crap obama has been doing.

    June 19, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Charlie

    This has about as much relevance to me as the latest article on what Kim Kardashian is wearing.

    June 19, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. ezra

    I am a dem and I wont vote for Hillary!

    June 19, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!! OMG.... Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    June 19, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. neastsider

    Frontrunner for what? For the same old garbage he tried to sell 2 years ago and the country knew it stunk up everything. The teabagger/gop party keeps pushing the same old trash year after year, the country rejects it, the teabagger/gop says its rebranding it's image and philosophy and all it does is change the color of the lipstick on the teabagger/gop pig and the teabagger/gop pig wallows in the same old teabagger/gop pigsty.

    June 19, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Alina1

    "Leave Romney alone!" 🙂

    June 19, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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