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Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll

Gingrich’s surge muted as 1st US primary nears

A new Globe/University of New Hampshire poll shows the shape of the primary less than three weeks before voters go to the polls.

Choice for GOP candidate

  • Romney

    39%
  • Gingrich

    17%
  • Paul

    17%
  • Huntsman

    11%
  • Santorum

    3%
  • Other

    4%
  • Don't know

    8%

Have you decided who you will vote for in the primary?

  • Still trying to decide

    46%
  • Leaning toward someone

    28%
  • Definitely decided

    26%

Which GOP candidate would you NOT support under any circumstances?

  • Gingrich

    20%
  • Paul

    17%
  • Bachmann

    14%
  • Perry

    11%
  • Romney

    9%
  • Other

    8%
  • Don't know

    20%

Regardless of who you vote for, who do you think will win the primary?

  • Romney

    67%
  • Gingrich

    15%
  • Paul

    3%
  • Huntsman

    1%
  • Santorum

    1%
  • Other

    1%
  • Don't know

    13%

Which candidate is most likely to flip-flop on the issues?

  • Romney

    36%
  • Gingrich

    22%
  • Perry

    7%
  • Bachmann

    3%
  • Paul

    1%
  • Other

    2%
  • Don't Know

    31%

Who has the best chance of beating President Obama in November?

  • Romney

    55%
  • Gingrich

    18%
  • Paul

    5%
  • Huntsman

    4%
  • Perry

    1%
  • Other

    3%
  • Don't know

    14%

Which candidate is the most consistent conservative?

  • Paul

    26%
  • Romney

    16%
  • Gingrich

    15%
  • Bachmann

    11%
  • Huntsman

    7%
  • Other

    8%
  • Don't Know

    16%

Which is more important: candidate shares your values or can beat Obama?

  • Shares values

    46%
  • Can beat Obama

    38%
  • Both

    13%
  • Don't know

    3%

Which candidate has the strongest moral or family values?

  • Romney

    50%
  • Paul

    11%
  • Huntsman

    8%
  • Bachmann

    7%
  • Santorum

    5%
  • Other

    4%
  • Don't know

    16%

Which candidate will be best able to handle unemployment?

  • Romney

    46%
  • Gingrich

    13%
  • Paul

    11%
  • Huntsman

    6%
  • Santorum

    1%
  • Other

    3%
  • Don't know

    21%

Which can best handle the federal budget deficit?

  • Romney

    32%
  • Paul

    24%
  • Gingrich

    19%
  • Huntsman

    4%
  • Santorum

    2%
  • Other

    3%
  • Don't know

    16%

How big of an issue is the federal budget deficit to you?

  • Major, must address now

    88%
  • Major, address when economy stabilizes

    11%
  • Not much of a problem

    1%

Do you support raising taxes on Americans earning $250K+ per year?

  • Support

    61%
  • Oppose

    34%
  • Don't know

    5%

Support cutting military spending

  • Oppose

    53%
  • Support

    42%
  • Don't know

    5%

Support raising taxes on corporations

  • Support

    53%
  • Oppose

    39%
  • Don't know

    8%

How do you get your health insurance?

  • Through employer

    38%
  • Medicare

    17%
  • Spouse's employer

    20%
  • Purchased own plan

    7%
  • Other

    12%
  • No health insurance

    4%

Should all people be required to have health insurance?

  • No

    76%
  • Yes

    19%
  • Don't know

    5%
Patrick Garvin / Globe Staff

SOURCE: UNH Survey Center/Boston Globe poll of 543 likely 2012 Republican primary voters. Margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

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