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. iceload

    Hillary or Mitt? Is there anyone in Washington the corporations don't own?

    June 19, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. JohnRJohnson

    Oh, I hope so. Everybody get their tape recorders warmed up.

    June 19, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Why, why won't he just go away.

    June 19, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Scott F

    I think I will always remember Romney's speech in Michigan that went something like this." I love trees, trees are green and have leaves. I love leaves, leaves are brown. I love water, water is wet. I just love trees, leaves and water. No one talks like that. On election night he actually thought that he and Karl Rove had bought the election. He got smoked and was dumbfounded because he did not have a clue and still doesn't.

    June 19, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Postmaster

    Mitt Romney would have made a far better President than Obama or H Clinton. Too bad all of the liberals were busy looking to see what was in it for them and had collective stupidity when it became ti,e to vote. Not once, but twice.

    June 19, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. cbp

    Governor Romney said no and I tend to believe him. Although I did not support his candidacy I do believe that he is a man who carefully considered the idea and has said no. He might be helpful to a good GOP candidate but so far no one has emerged.

    June 19, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. akgobears

    Last election during the primariess it was "anyone" but ol Mitt witt.....everytime GOD told someone in the GOP to run for potus they instantly became the frontrunning flavor of the month until GOD told someone else to run.....that is until all made such fools of themselves during the debates that Ol Mitt witt was that last one standing by default....Whats it tell you about the GOP when 8 yrs later Mitt witt is still the best choice by default ???

    June 19, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. marjee123

    I just couldn't type I was laughing so hard..........................................

    June 19, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Ben

    Romney is unelectable in the general election. He assumes he will have the support of right wing Christian voters if he wins the primary because we overwhelmingly vote republican. However he is not a Christian. Mormons are a cult. Even though most evangelical voters wont go so far as to vote for a democrat to keep a cultist out of office we certainly wont vote for him. This is one of the reasons Romney had low voter turnout for his side last time. We would rather not vote than vote for a non Christian.

    June 19, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Jared

    No, no, no.

    June 19, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. haresay

    "Romney's wife, Ann, has also been adamant against another run."

    Sure, she is...as she shops for her inauguration gown.

    June 19, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Bob

    Awesome. Will someone explain to him why taking a medical tax deduction on an Olympic show horse might make him seem out-of-touch. The fact that it didn't even occur to him and his handlers that taking a tax deduction that only the ultra-wealthy can get the year he is running for President shows just how clueless he is. He doesn't even know enough to PRETEND to understand the other 99.9% of the American people. When asked about it, he honestly said "Well anyone with a show horse could take that deduction." not realized that a person would first have to be able to afford a multi-million dollar horse before they could claim a 90% tax writeoff. There are people who have to decide between buying their medicine and paying rent, and Mitt didn't think "Yeah, maybe we should not try to deduct our money-making horse investment as a medical expense this year."

    June 19, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. greenaxe

    Give it a rest. throw your hat OUT of the ring mittens.

    June 19, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Uncle Al

    Taxachusetts has it iced: The most corrupt hold local offices, the most Liberal are exiled to DC to send money home. Sometimes corruption and smartlessness converge to Tip O'Neil or Barney Frank. They are still smart enough not to covet the White House.

    June 19, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. haresay

    Brilliant idea, Karl. It was brilliant the first time.

    June 19, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Basically

    Compared to the clown car of actual Republican candidates, Mitt Romney looks much better.

    Then again, so does Homer Simpson.

    June 19, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. john

    Guess this means nothing new on the right. Same old same old.

    June 19, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. capnmike

    He was arrogant job-exporting snotty garbage then, and he hasn't changed a bit. Hope he runs...he'll be easy to beat.

    June 19, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. rosaadriana2014

    Oh please please, let Mr 47%, I have an elevator for my car, no you can't see my taxes because I have money hidden overseas, Romney run again.

    June 19, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. snowdogg

    "the frontrunner among Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire"

    Sounds good for the Democrats.

    June 19, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Bob C.

    The GOP's problem is that the election hasn't started yet, and the Democrats only need 24 electoral votes to win. All they need is either FL or two mid-sized swing states (OH, VA, NC, GA) or one mid-sized and two smaller swing states (NV, CO, AZ, IA, MO, NH) or three of the smaller swing states and they've got it won (note that the specific combination of NV + CO + IA will leave them three votes short).

    If the GOP are smart, they have to pick Christie. Romney can only muster 206 electoral votes. Obama was very weak heading into that election and yet still be Romney handily.

    June 19, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Linda M. Williams

    I talk like that... I love every thing about trees, water and land... This planet of ours is just amazing... I understand where he is/was coming from...

    June 19, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Larry38363

    Man, is the Republican party stuck in a rut or what? AIH should look into mass drugging of the Republican Party to be sure they aren't really stoners!

    June 19, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. bob smith

    wow what a burn. Mitt says he is not going to run a third time. but Flip FLopper Mitt could change his mind.

    June 19, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Gunderson

    No Kidding,
    You expect american people know which side their bread is buttered on? You expect people know who vote for? Look who in White House. Enough said.

    June 19, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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