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. Paul

    I wonder if he'll be against his own Romneycare or for it.

    June 19, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. texasmike

    Republicans were desperate when they picked him out of the Clown Car and he has been sticking his nose in everywhere since. He STILL comes across as a smug pampered idiot who has spent his whole life being sucked up to instead of told to his face that he is a profoundly inept person. Having him run again will seal his fate in history as a double also ran.

    June 19, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Holly

    You can't be serious! My God the man cost us the election last time – will you do it to us again? He is not what this nation needs – just another rich boy. Guess I will vote for Hillary.

    June 19, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. joe

    Romney is far better qualified to choose a staff that can go about the business of running America. Barry lied to ALL his voters and has served the 1%ers. Barry has become a 1%er himself just like 'Box of Rocks' Killary. Romney would get my vote over anything the Progressive Socialists have to offer.

    June 19, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Larry Hester

    I am voting for Rand Paul. I think he would make a great President.

    June 19, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. sly

    25%? Yup, that ought to outweigh the '47% who hate my guts and won't vote for me'.

    Now that we are at an 8 year low in unemployment, perhaps we should elect Mitt so he can send all our jobs overseas again.

    June 19, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. emskadittle

    probably the same poll that said he was going to win the last time, i guess its three strikes your out

    June 19, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. yeahright

    Christy for resident


    Resident of where?

    June 19, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Names san our ow

    Hilarious, apparently the GOP really wants another democrat to win

    June 19, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. cinemattla

    Well said texasmike!

    June 19, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    Resoundingly defeated the first go-around by his own party, then by the American people collectively, maybe third time is a charm but I doubt it. Why is this man wasting our time? Oh, yeah.......he's rich. He can do what he likes.

    June 19, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. RA

    He would have been a far better choice than the Kenyan, but we really don't need a RINO either.

    June 19, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. liar

    Oh God No!

    June 19, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. chintokey

    If Romney were president he could help iron out the issues with his healthcare plan..the one he wrote then dissed after it went national...he's a yes man with no character

    June 19, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Until the GOP stops pandering to the far right, a group that most voters disagree with, it doesn't matter who they run. They will continue to lose at the national level.

    June 19, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. BUD

    A sure win for the dems would be for Mit to run again.He could pick Palin as a running mate if he wanted to make it a sure thing.LOL

    June 19, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Name. willard

    I am belived that democrat are poor for 5 year right so i support vote ronmey for presdient 2016 right

    June 19, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. J

    They polled about .06% of the population of 1 state? How amazingly meaningless is that?

    June 19, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. DRICH

    Mine as well save any conservative comment, your get your head chewed off. Love how the media is so liberal, especially CNN. I'm all for Romney. He would have done MUCH better than Obama. And the liberals will go off because of this comment, just watch!

    June 19, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. jojo

    @Holly – Would you ever vote for anyone else other than a dem because you are a dem.

    June 19, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. LeRoy_Was_Here

    The last I heard of Mitt Romney, he was in the Cayman Islands, visiting his money.

    June 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    @Just Asking, since when is a one-term, mediocre governor with no accomplishments to his name other than putting the Universal Mandate into effect someone who could be considered successful? Romney has lost more elections than he has won by a factor of three, and his business qualifications have nothing to do with providing people with employment that can raise or restore the standard of living. He taxed everything that moved in MA, so how could a conservative endorse him? His primary opponants all complained he was a habitual liar, so how is he this virtuous person you are depicting? Please, don't insult our intelligence by trying to make Romney into a tragic figure: the only tragedy was that he got the nomination in the first place.

    June 19, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Raoul Duke, Doctor of Journalism

    Crank up the GOP Clown Car! Mitt is going to fall apart for our amusement again. This is going to be hilarious. Do you conservatives just keep trying the same thing over and over and over? Bring out the Dancing Horses and the Car Elevators! Get the Huge Bus! Flaunt the wealth made from outsourcing jobs!

    Yeah, great idea.

    June 19, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Lester Swanson

    I am voting for who ever is the whitest

    June 19, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Big Al

    The following would have occured had Romney been elected president:
    1) He would have used the IRS to go after democrats
    2) He would have swaped 5 terrorist for am "alleged" deserter
    3) Black unemployment would have reached a 40 year high
    4) Once the lead at the IRS was discovered Romney would have made sure her emails were destroyed
    5) romney would have allowed weapons to be sold to Mexican drug lords that were later used in the kiling of an American official
    6) Under Romney the people on Wall Street would have gotten richer while the rest of us would have gotten poorer
    7) Under Romney insurgents in Iraq would rise again and overthrow several Iraqi cities
    8) Romney would stand by and watch as hundred of thousands Syrian are slaughtered

    June 19, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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