Romney, Lamontagne stake early leads; perception of Science and Religion at odds
Grand Rapids, Mich. -- A newly released poll of New Hampshire primary voters from political consulting firm Strategic National puts Mitt Romney on top, and also reveals the disconnect that many voters see between modern Science and religious Faith.
Gov. Romney finished first, with 33.5% of the respondents naming him their first choice. Suprisingly, Gov. Mike Huckabee came in second, with nearly 14% support, finishing ahead of Gov. Sarah Palin who had 13% support among Primary voters. Also included in the poll were Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Governor Mitch Daniels, Senator John Thune, Gov. Haley Barbour, and Sen. Rick Santorum.
“Governor Romney has an early lead in the 1st in the nation primary state”, said John Yob, CEO of Strategic National. “Governor Huckabee and Governor Palin also show strength in a state that tradionally supports more moderate candidates.”
In the New Hampshire Republican Governors primary race, Ovide Lamontagne held a significant lead over several other potential challengers. Lamontagne was supported by 37% of Primary voters while John Stephen came in second with 14% of respondents. Jeb Bradley and Ted Gatsas were also included in the poll.
Primary voters were also polled on perceptions of tension between science and Christianity’s accounts of the creation of the universe. 39% of responders feel that science and Genesis are in conflict, and 45% believe that the world was created in six days. About 32% believe that the world is roughly 10,000 years old.
“This is very interesting data, especially compared to the results we saw for this question in Iowa”, said Yob. “Roughly 42% of Iowa caucus goers believe science and the Biblical story of creation are in conflict, versus 39% of New Hampshire Primary Voters. However, 45% of Iowa caucus goers believe the earth is around 10,000 years old, while 32% of New Hampshire primary voters agree that the earth is 10,000 years old. And on the question of the Biblical account of creation, 68% of Iowa caucus goers believe the earth was created in 6 days, while 45% of New Hampshire Primary voters believe the same. This may be further evidence of the perception that Iowa Caucus goers tend to be more Christian-conservative than New Hampshire Primary voters.”
John Yob ran national political operations for John McCain in the Presidential Primaries in 2008 and served as Senior Advisor for Rick Snyder in Michigan and Sharron Angle in Nevada in 2010.
Strategic National surveyed a random sample of New Hampshire Republican primary voters. The statewide, automated poll had a total of 940 respondents, 52% female and 48% male. It was conducted on January 19, 2010, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.
For the full results of the New Hampshire poll, click HERE.
For the full results of the Iowa poll, click HERE.