Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is making headlines all across the nation with his campaign skyrocketing him to the top of the list, leading in many states, but not in New Hampshire, at least not according to the latest from Rasmussen Reports.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is in the lead here with a substantial lead to boot. And this is the third month in a row that Rasmussen Reports has put him in the lead and by a minimum of 15%, which is what he is at now.
Romney has 33% and in second place is Arizona Senator John McCain with 18%, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with 15% and then comes Huckabee at 14%. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is next for 8% and Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo with 3%.
One of the biggest shocks is not so much as who is in the lead, but who has dropped way down, former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson who is now only getting 2%. The only candidate lower is California Congressman Duncan Humter with 1%. There are 7% who are still not sure. AS a point of reference, back in September, Thompson was getting 19%.
Not all of the voters are firmly behind their candidate and can say that they are certain they will be voting for their choice come January 8. Romney has 60% of his supporters who are saying that they are certain they will vote for him and this is a big increase for him from just two weeks ago when it was 48%. This is one place where Huckabee does very well, with 58%. Giuliani gets 40% and McCain 46%.
On the opposite end of the equation, there are those who say there is a good chance they will change their mind and with this group, McCain has 29%, Romney 22%, Giuliani 18% and Huckabee 17%.
Now out of this group, Romney is the second choice of 32%, McCain 20%, Giuliani for and Huckabee for 12%.
There is one difference between Iowa, where Huckabee has a big lead and New Hampshire and that it is the religion issue.
In Iowa, 68% of those who say they are likely to vote in the Republican Caucuses say that faith and religion are at least somewhat important when it comes to choosing a candidate. Out of this number, 32% say it is very important.
The opinion of the voters in New Hampshire is completely different with just 14% who think of the faith and religion as a very important issue and 26% say it is somewhat important.
Huckabee, who is a former Baptist preacher, has the support of most of the Evangelical Christians in New Hampshire and it is the same in Iowa, but in New Hampshire Romney gets most of the support from the other Protestants with 37% and Hyckabee just gets 9%.
With the issues that top the list with the Republican voters in New Hampshire, Immigration comes in number one with 25%, the economy with 24% and 19% say it is national security.
Source: Rasmussen reports http://www.rasmussenreports.com/