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. just asking

    yeah.... why the heck would anybody want to vote for a highly qualified, successful proven leader that can get things done when we can instead have an incompetent, accomplished nothing, liar like hillary clinton. it is a sad moment when the presidency has become about being the first and not being the best. we have become a dumbed down reality tv country. far too many imbeciles with the right to vote think that means they can vote for somebody cool instread of somebody that can actually do the job. we can thank our pathetic liberal union controlled school systems for the sad state of so many of our young ones. we have far too many kids thinking success means being gangsta tattooed from head to toe, instead of an educated engineer making 6 figures.

    June 19, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Stanton

    Losers supporting a loser, and that is why the GOP will never take the White House.

    June 19, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I thought the GOP nominating process was all about who's next in line? Willard's gave it a shot twice already and failed miserably twice. Don't you guys have any fresh blood?

    June 19, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Libs have Destroyed the USA

    I really like the sincerity of Romney. But based on the American voters and their idiotic values (see Obama), Romney won't stand a chance. Dems have to be some of the most ignorant people around. Obama trashes EVERYTHING and they still defend the POS!!!

    June 19, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Jayvee2

    The Republican Party is so fragmented and has lost its way so long ago expect all type of fringers, also rans, and downright losers to declare their candidacy.

    June 19, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. T. Martin

    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.
    He may not have copies of those returns given the failure of the IRS to keep simple e-mails from "disappearing" for the last 3 years.

    June 19, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. RomneyWho

    This is why the American people cannot move forward because they are always looking at the losers that were left behind. 🙁

    June 19, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. John

    Romney would be an excellent choice.

    June 19, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    ....and where were Ted Cruz born?
    Come on Donald, help us out!

    June 19, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Craig

    If he's really the front runner, he's only there by default. Who else? Christie? Jeb Bush? Santorum? Newt? Palin? Which one of those has a snowball's chance of winning, regardless of who the Democrats run? The GOP is not only completely out of ideas or proposals, they're also out of anybody who could provide any leadership...unless we want to a) go back to fighting unfunded wars, or b) undo decades of advances in a civil society of equals.

    June 19, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Romney's proven competence disqualifies him to be a U.S. president. What this country really needs is a black lesbian female president.

    June 19, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. YoonYoungJo

    I think if he ran he would actually have a very good chance of winning. Don't know if I knew enough of him to determine if he would have been a good president but he didn't seem like he would have been a bad president.

    June 19, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. edog355

    I'll take Cruz any day!

    June 19, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. ellid

    How many times does the average American have to say that s/he does NOT want this man as President? He was mediocre at best as Governor, has zero convictions, his wife is an idiot, his kids are slackers and bullies, and he didn't even have the spine to run on the one good thing he gave Massachusetts, which was Romneycare (aka Obamacare 1.0). His economic polices were awful, and unless and until he 'fesses up about all the money he's squirreled away in the Caymans, this is a complete non-starter.

    June 19, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Nora

    Romney's not a front runner for myself nor a large number of other American citizens! If he were to pick Paul Ryan again as a running mate that would make him toxic to a goodly number of people as well.

    June 19, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. PJ

    Old Mittens has seen his day. We don't even know what State he is claiming as home now? NH? Utah? California? MA? Michigan?

    June 19, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Name

    If he runs Hillary will be the president in 2016

    June 19, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    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.
    It has never been about jobs growth for the middle class. It's only about reducing and eliminating taxes on the wealthy and big business. It always has been, and it seems like it always will be. When you look at it from that perspective, then every crazy thing that conservatives try to do economically suddenly makes sense.

    All of that talk about growing the economy and jobs growth is just a lot bells and whistles, smoke and mirrors, meant to distract you from their true motives.

    June 19, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. david saint

    lol its rather sad the best prospect the GOP can offer is a Canadian born McCarthyist, and a guy who changed his foreign policy answers from one debate to the next

    June 19, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. George

    Sure, put the rich brat up again. LOL !!!

    June 19, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. The other guy

    He could actually win. Reagan ran a 3rd time and won when no one thought he would ever be president. It just took a Jimmy Carter to make him look good. And Obama or Hillary aren't Jimmy Carter.

    June 19, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. mike mentges

    This is why Hillary will be our next president. More people know her because of her husband and the media stroking her. And the GOP will just present the same idiots.

    June 19, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. stewart

    great a two time loser and this is best the GOP can do? my dead grandmother could beat this guy

    June 19, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Tigerflower

    The man belongs to a religious group that requires women to wear a dress underneath their bras and another over the top of their underwear. Is the entire GOP insane? Women are not going to vote for this guy. His politics are irrelevant. How do guys not get this? If I wanted to be ruled by religious fundamentalists I'd move to Afghanistan. The cost of living is cheaper.

    June 19, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. The other guy

    And he's one handsome fellow. And people could actually say what they wanted about him, pro or con without being censored because....well, you know.

    June 19, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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