The EFM Feature

While Miss Meling was browsing Facebook, reader James was sending this poll of New Hampshire voters.
Two things stick out to me:
1. Between December 2006 and January 2007–not exactly a great time for him media-wise–Governor Romney’s support among likely Republican primary voters more than doubled, from nine to 20 percent. That’s good for a tie for second place overall.
2. Among Republican voters (not Independents who can vote in the primary if they so choose) Governor Romney has higher support (21 percent) than Senator Brownback (one percent), Mayor Giuliani (21 percent), Speaker Gingrich (14 percent), and every other candidate except Senator McCain, who is not far ahead at 28 percent–which happens to be within the margin of error. That kind of distribution (Republican-heavy support) isn’t very good for the hypothesis of some that the GOP base will not rally to him. And it’s also hard evidence that Governor Romney’s low poll numbers nationwide reflect nothing more than low name recognition. (His name recognition is higher in New Hampshire thanks to many visits and spillover publicity from Massachusetts.)

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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