Romney Ahead in New Hampshire Presidential Poll, Chris Christie Close Behind

Tongues have been waging that Mitt Romney just might throw his hat in the ring for a third run at the GOP nomination for president, and a new poll in New Hampshire shows he is still well thought of by Republican voters. But so is Chris Christie.

A new poll of New Hampshire Republicans shows that New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie has a narrow lead over other possible GOP candidates. But if one-time GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is added to the mix, the former Massachusetts governor crushes his competition.

Christie is still a polarizing figure, even in New Hampshire, if this poll is any indication. The Granite State poll finds 46 percent like the New Jersey Governor, but 36 percent of respondents, a large number in itself, also do not like him.

Even as Christie narrowly edged out Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for the number two slot in the poll of 14 potential candidates, the New Jersey Governor also topped the list of candidates who respondents said they definitely would not vote for.

The poll found that Christie and Paul were neck-and-neck in the running each with seven percent. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush came in a point behind them. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal garnered fifth place, followed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

But topping them all was Mitt Romney coming in at a whopping 39 percent of respondents.

All this, however, may be a moot point, as 87 percent of the New Hampshire residents polled said they were still unsure of exactly who they will support by primary day. Only four percent thought they were sure of whom to support this far out from the 2016 elections.

Interestingly, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan had the best net favorability ratings of those polled, with Senator Rand Paul taking the second slot in favorability. Both have risen above Chris Christie's rating in tracking since February of 2013. The New Jersey Governor's ratings have fallen in recent months due to scandals and negative press coverage.

The poll was taken in the first week of July and queried 669 randomly selected New Hampshire adults.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.


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