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The new Suffolk poll

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  December 15, 2011 07:10 AM

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Suffolk University's latest poll on the 2012 race for the Republican nomination has some great nuggets but first the numbers everybody cares about:

Mitt Romney ...38%

Newt Gingrich ...20%

Jon Huntsman ...13%

Ron Paul ...8%

Michele Bachmann...3%

Herman Cain ...2%

Buddy Roemer ...2%

Rick Santorum ...2%

Gary Johnson ...1%

Rick Perry ...1%

Fred Karger ...0%


Here are the numbers from the Suffolk poll conducted in November. :

Mitt Romney ....41%

Ron Paul ...14%

Newt Gingrich ....14%

Jon Huntsman ...9%

Herman Cain ....8%

Rick Santorum ....3%

Rick Perry ...2%

Michele Bachmann ... 1%

Fred Karger ...1%

Buddy Roemer ...1%

Gary Johnson...0%

Undecided 9%

So Romney and Paul lost a few points while Gingrich and Huntsman went up. Oh, and Cain suspended his campaign but 2% of New Hampshire voters plan on voting for him anyway.

This poll went further than the question of "For whom will you vote or toward
whom do you LEAN at this time?" It asked what "major concerns" people have about a Romney, Paul, or Gingrich candidacy as well as what phrases come to mind when people think of Romney or Gingrich.

For Romney the main concern coming from voters is he is a "flip-flopper," a charge that he is being attacked with from all sides. The concerns over Gingrich were related more to his past marital problems and trustworthiness while voters said they were worried that Paul would be too radical, particularly on foreign policy.

As far as word association goes voters think of Gingrich as smart but untrustworthy. Romney is thought of as a flip-flopping businessman.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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