Giuliani and McCain have both taken a dip in the latest Iowa poll following their decision to skip the straw poll.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It looks like Iowa Republicans may not like the decision by Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to skip to straw poll in Ames this August, with the Arizona Republican feeling their anger the most, a recent Mason Dixon poll indicates.
Previous polling by other firms in Iowa have shown both men with support as high as the mid-20's. But the current Mason-Dixon poll shows Giuliani with just 15 percent - good enough for a statistical tie for second-place - and McCain dropping all the way to single digits at 6 percent - essentially tied for fourth place with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who polled 7 percent, and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who polled 6 percent.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the poll with 25 percent, followed by former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who registered 17 percent. Thompson has yet to officially jump in the White House race.
27 percent of those polled reported they were undecided.
Iowa and New Hampshire are two states in which voters have traditionally been very touchy to any presumed slights, and it's not out of the question that some of them interpreted the decision to bypass the straw poll as an insult to the Hawkeye State.
And since McCain sat out the Iowa caucuses entirely in 2000, his decision on the straw poll might have sounded particularly harsh to many.
Mitt Romney has spent significant time and money in the state. He has steadily run television ads there since February.
This is not the first poll that has shown Romney leading the field in Iowa, and that, combined with his first-place showing in recent New Hampshire polls, indicates that his single-digit showing in national polls may not reflect his true strength in the GOP field.
It's important to note, however, that finding Iowa caucus-goers is a needle-in-a-haystack problem, so early Hawkeye state polls may not necessarily be a good indication of the final caucus results.
The poll conducted form June 13-16, interviewed 400 likely caucus goers, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.
– CNN Polling Director Keating Holland
This is absurd. Iowa, and the rest of the country, you should be voting on who you feel can best represent you and who best matches your believes in whatever issues you deem most important. Just because someone doesn't campaign in your state doesn't mean they aren't worth supporting. Too often we get caught up in these things. I've heard so many people say "I'm voting for/not for person X" and when I follow up with the simple question of "why" they cannot answer. We need to take a good long look at each candidate and each person needs to decide who is best for THEM. Ignore polls and celebrity and all that ... figure out who represents YOU.
Very good post, Sam. When Al Gore lost his home state in the 2000 election, several people that I talked to said they wouln't vote for him because he didn't come to Tennessee often enough. That really makes a lot of sense!
I'M ALL FOR A "NONE OF THE ABOVE".DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL THE SAME. I THINK IT'S TIME POWER IS RETURNED TO THE VOTERS. WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEND CANDIDATES PACKING AND NOT JUST ACCEPT THE LESSER EVIL.
You know McCain is in trouble when he polls lower than Huckabee.
I would never vote for Senator John McCain for president. The amnesty bill 1348 is not popular in Arizona yet he refuses to listen to the very constituent that put him in office. Vote for him and it is like voting for Bush all over again.
You don't have to vote for lesser of two evils, vote for Ron Paul. why pick an anknown variable such as 'X' when you can pick someone that is the most honest speaker in the whole of the united states.
Ron Paul was NOT invited to the "Iowa for tax relief" debate when he had never voted for tax increase.
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