2 New Polls Show Romney Leading in New Hampshire

Good news for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Two new polls show him leading the 2012 GOP presidential primary in Massachusetts.

An April 30-May 2 Suffolk University poll of 400 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire found:

Romney dominates the field of 18 names and is favored by 35 percent of those polled. The highest percentage that any possible opponent secured was in the single digits. Among Granite State Republican Primary voters, Romney's favorable rating is a commanding 65 percent, while 22 percent of respondents view him unfavorably.

Meanwhile, an April 15-May 2 University of New Hampshire poll of 416 likely Republican primary voters showed Romney enjoying the highest favorable rating of any possible 2012 GOP candidate, by far:

Mitt Romney consistently has had the highest favorability ratings among all likely Republican candidates. Currently, 70 percent of likely Republican primary voters say they have a favorable opinion of Romney. Romney's net favorability rating, the percentage who have a favorable opinion of him minus the percentage who have an unfavorable opinion, is a very high +49 percent.

Rudy Giuliani continues to be the second most popular Republican candidate with a net favorability rating of +30 percent, followed by Tim Pawlenty (+26 percent), Mike Huckabee (+13 percent), Rick Santorum (+12 percent), Mitch Daniels (+8 percent), and Ron Paul (+1 percent). The least popular Republicans are Newt Gingrich (-2 percent), Michelle Bachmann (-3 percent), John Huntsman (-3 percent), former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (-5 percent), Sarah Palin (-13 percent), and Donald Trump (-14 percent).

More and more, Romney is looking like the Republican frontrunner for 2012.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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