Poll: Romney sees drop in support in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H.-  Mitt Romney's support has dropped for the fourth day in a row in the Suffolk University daily tracking poll of New Hampshire voters.

Romney had 35 percent, down from 39 percent in Saturday's poll.

Meanwhile, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman are seeing gains.

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Paul remains in second place but Huntsman is now clearly in third. In Saturday's poll, he, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were virtually tied for that spot.

The Texas congressman received 20 percent while Huntsman had 11 percent.

Gingrich had 9 percent and Santorum, who's been steadily dropping in the poll, was down another percentage point to 8 percent.

Rick Perry remains steadily at 1 percent, leaving him tied for last with Buddy Roemer.


The calls for Sunday's poll were completed before Saturday night's debate began so that event is not reflected in the above numbers.

"Romney’s strategy of running out the clock is costing him margin, Huntsman is still fighting hard and beginning to rally, and New Hampshire is playing contrarian to Rick Santorum, the Iowa Caucus star of a week ago, who has dropped to fifth place," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, in a statement.

The statewide survey includes two nights of 250 likely respondents for a two-day tracking total of 500 likely voters in the state's GOP presidential primary. Sunday's results were conducted Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 using live telephone interviews. The margin of error is +/-4.4 percent.