Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, on Tuesday dismissed a new poll showing President Obama up by 15 points in the Granite State as “a piece of garbage” and predicted Mr. Romney ultimately would win the state by 2 to 3 points.
“Let me just test your political wisdom,” Mr. Sununu said to host Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”
“Do you think it’s possible for that to be right? No, you know it’s a piece of garbage.”
“I believe it’s head-to-head in New Hampshire,” Mr. Sununu continue, “and I’ve seen enough other polls to tell you that that is a piece of garbage.”
The WMUR Granite State Poll gives Mr. Obama a 54 percent to 39 percent lead in a state many pundits currently labeling a tossup. Discounting that poll, Mr. Obama leads by 5 and 7 points, respectively, and Mr. Romney by 3 points in the three most recent surveys of the state, according to Real Clear Politics.
“This race in New Hampshire will be won by Mitt Romney by 2 to 3 points,” Mr. Sununu said. “I’ve said that all along, and I’m willing to say that publicly and stick by it, and I know that that poll [of] 15 points is absolutely invalid.”
Many Republicans and pundits have alleged polls this year have been biased toward Democrats, while other pollsters and analysts, such as Frank Newport of Gallup, have said that the focus on party identification in polls that include a higher sample size of Democrats than Republicans is a misnomer in evaluating a poll’s results.