A new poll in New Hampshire shows Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is gaining momentum in the Granite State and has joined Mitt Romney in the small club (just the two) of Republican presidential contenders there to poll in double digits.
She’s only at 11 percent, but that’s up 8 points since the last Suffolk University/7NEWS poll in May. Romney is at 36 percent, up 1 point.
Notes the poll story: Tim Pawlenty slipped 3 points, to 2 percent, and Newt Gingrich was unchanged with 2 percent.
Ron Paul has remained steady with 8 percent since early May, ranking him third overall and ahead of [Sarah] Palin (4 percent) and Rudy Giuliani (5 percent). Jon Huntsman gained 4 points (4 percent), ranking him ahead of Gingrich, Pawlenty and Rick Santorum (1 percent).
The 400 likely Republican primary voters who were questioned in the poll also said:
… the top issues facing the country are jobs and the economy (46 percent) and reducing the national debt (19 percent). They were against raising taxes to reduce the deficit almost two to one (67 percent vs. 28 percent). And a majority of respondents felt the near-universal health care bill passed by Democrats last year should be repealed (53 percent) or modified (27 percent), however, few respondents said health care was the most important (4 percent) or second most important (11 percent) issue facing the country.