Paul strong in N.H. poll; Romney still dominant

Santorum gets big bounce

The 11 percent Mr. Santorum polled on Wednesday is equivalent to the percentage of primary voters Mike Huckabee won in New Hampshire in 2008, fresh off his own caucus win in Iowa. Mr. Santorum will want to beat that level of support to prove he has staying power.

Mr. Romney won 32 percent of the vote in New Hampshire in 2008 but lost to Sen. John McCain, who took 37 percent and went on to win his party’s nomination.

Where Mr. McCain did well with self-identified moderates last time, Mr. Romney is doing well this time, Mr. Zogby said.

The Times/JZ Analytics Poll also found tea party voters feeling much more pragmatic than expected. Among those who said they were sympathetic to the tea party, 58 percent also said they were ready to back a candidate who doesn’t share all their views but could defeat Mr. Obama in November.

By contrast, voters not sympathetic to the tea party were more likely to be ideologically driven. About 40 percent said that unseating the president was more important than picking someone who shared all their views.

That focus on electability makes New Hampshire different from Iowa, where the networks’ entrance polls showed that about 30 percent of all voters said a change in the White House was their top factor in choosing a nominee. Mr. Romney won nearly half of those voters in Iowa.

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