A new poll of New Hampshire voters has revealed that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney holds a significant advantage over President Barack Obama.
According to the State of the State survey, which was conducted by Dartmouth College's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, approximately 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Romney in the 2012 Presidential election, compared to 39 percent for Obama.
Romney, who on April 11 announced that he was forming an exploratory committee for the GOP Presidential bid, was the only Republican to edge Obama in the poll. The nation's commander-in-chief led former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee by 8 percentage points, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty by 19, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour by 19 and billionaire Donald Trump by 22.
Although Obama handily defeated Barbour and Pawlenty in the poll, he failed to take a majority of the vote against both rumored candidates.
Voters in the Granite State are "not willing to make a claim for Obama when they don't even know the other person," said Ronald Shaiko, a Dartmouth professor, quoted by Politico.com.
Trump, who is one of the most talked-about figures in the field of potential GOP candidates, recently predicted that Romney would lose in a general election against Obama. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the reality TV star said that Romney "doesn't resonate" because his speeches are full of "little trivial statements."