Romney Maintains Lead in New Hampshire Poll

Romney Maintains Lead in New Hampshire Poll

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - August 17, 2011

In the wake of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the GOP presidential race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds onto a double-digit lead in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

Romney, who owns a home in the Granite State, attracts 36 percent support from likely GOP primary voters, according to a NH Journal/Magellan Strategies (R) poll released Wednesday. Perry makes a strong debut in the poll, however, placing second behind Romney with 18 percent support. Fellow Texan Ron Paul rounds out the top three with 14 percent.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose focus on the early state of Iowa paid off in the form of a straw poll victory in Ames over the weekend, garners 10 percent support. Bachmann’s Iowa victory likely won't boost her prospects in New Hampshire, however, as 84 percent of likely voters polled say the straw poll results won't impact their decision in the GOP primary.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman attracts only 3 percent support from voters. The former U.S. ambassador to China has been polling near the bottom of national surveys, but his focus has been on New Hampshire. He visited the state last week, but the Magellan survey shows a plurality of voters in the state -- 47 percent -- have an unfavorable opinion of him. Twenty percent say they like him while 24 percent say they don’t know enough about him to make a decision.

As for Perry, 51 percent say they like him while 27 percent say they do not. Romney earns the highest favorability rating, with 66 percent having a positive opinion of him and 24 percent holding a negative one. Both candidates were in the state on Wednesday.

Forty-nine percent of voters say they view Bachmann favorably while 39 percent view her unfavorably. Paul’s numbers, like Huntsman’s, are under water: 47 percent have an unfavorable view while 39 percent have a favorable opinion of him.

For this poll, Magellan Strategies surveyed 613 likely Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters in New Hampshire from Aug. 15-16. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.96 percent. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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