ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA— St. Anselm College’s Institute of Politics released a new presidential primary preference poll today that puts Republican Texas congressman, and supposed presidential “long shot”, Ron Paul in fourth place among the 2008 Republican candidates with 7.4 percent. The survey of likely New Hampshire primary voters, finalized by SRBI Research in New York City, ranks Congressman Paul fourth behind Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain, respectively, and also shows that 40 percent of self-identified independents who may vote Republican, and 19 percent who will, are still undecided.
Fred Thompson, who is estimated to be second-place in the national polls, is in sixth place.
The new figure shows that Congressman Paul is gaining momentum in key primary states, up from the 5 percent Gallup Poll estimate on October 17. Recent poll results from public opinion service Rasmussen Reports indicate that number could be much higher nationwide.
“By all accounts, Dr. Paul’s support is rising steadily,” said Paul campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “Americans are ready for a change and his unifying message of freedom, peace and prosperity is bringing more people together every day.”
1,514 likely New Hampshire primary voters were surveyed between October 25 and 21. St. Anselm College is a private Catholic liberal arts college in Manchester, New Hampshire. -30-
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