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Bachmann finds herself in fourth place even on the heels of her strong, winning performance at the Ames straw poll on Saturday.

New Hampshire poll: Romney still tops, Bachmann faltering

Michele Bachmann

A new poll from the all-important early primary state of New Hampshire shows more evidence that Texas Gov. Rick Perry could pose a significant threat to Michele Bachmann’s run for the 2012 GOP nomination.

While Mitt Romney continues to lead handily at 36 percent in the poll — published today by the New Hampshire Journal and conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week — Bachmann finds herself in fourth place even on the heels of her strong, winning performance at the Ames straw poll on Saturday.

Perry, who made his first appearance in the NHJ survey, came in at second place with 18 percent support. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, meanwhile, was third at 14 percent. Bachmann clocked in at just 10 percent support. All other candidates were in single digits, according to the Journal.

Notably, and not surprisingly, a full 84 percent of respondents in the survey said the results of the Ames straw poll had no bearing on who they support in the fight for the 2012 nomination.

The paper’s analysis notes that while Bachmann remains generally popular overall, the underlying figures represent an interesting case as the congresswoman from Minnesota prepares to continue her run for the nomination in Iowa and then onto New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Among self-identified conservatives, Bachmann enjoys a 62 percent to 28 percent favorable-unfavorable rating. But among independents, she has more trouble: 51 percent view her unfavorably while just 40 percent have a favorable opinion.

As the Journal notes, “The split in the voting public’s view of Bachmann demonstrates the uniquely complex texture of the New Hampshire electorate.”

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