June 11th, 2010
12:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney tops new poll of Iowa Republicans

According to an Iowa Poll released Friday, 62 percent of people who said they were likely to vote in the state's Tuesday GOP primary give Mitt Romney a favorable rating.
According to an Iowa Poll released Friday, 62 percent of people who said they were likely to vote in the state's Tuesday GOP primary give Mitt Romney a favorable rating.

(CNN) - At this very early stage in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, strong name recognition appears to be making the difference. Case in point: a new survey of Iowa Republicans that puts possible White House hopefuls Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich at the top.

According to an Iowa Poll released Friday, 62 percent of people who said they were likely to vote in the state's Tuesday GOP primary give Romney a favorable rating, with 26 holding a unfavorable view. Fifty-eight percent say they have a positive view of Palin, with nearly four in ten saying they hold a negative view. Fifty-six percent say they have favorable opinion of Gingrich, with one in three saying they hold an unfavorable view.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who was a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Palin, the former Alaska governor and John McCain's running mate two years ago, and Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, all have high name ID.

But the poll indicates that a large percentage of Iowa Republicans are not familiar with some of the other possible contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Fifty-three percent of those questioned say they don't know enough about Tim Pawlenty to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion, even though he's governor of neighboring Minnesota, with 32 percent saying they have a favorable view of him. Sen. John Thune is unknown to 71 percent of Iowa Republicans, even though he's from neighboring South Dakota, and eight in ten were unfamiliar with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The Des Moines Register says that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also ran for the White House in 2008, was not included in the poll because he says he does not expect to run in 2012.

Iowa plays a large role in presidential politics, as its caucuses traditionally kick off the primary calendar. Possible White House hopefuls usually make visits to Iowa and other early voting states as New Hampshire and South Carolina, in these very early stages of the next presidential campaign.

Pawlenty's been to Iowa twice in the past year, while Gingrich, Palin and Romney have each made a visit since 2008. Daniels has not visited Iowa since the last presidential election.

The survey for the Des Moines Register, which was conducted June 1-3 by Selzer and Company, questioned 1,793 Iowans by phone, including 501 who said they were likely to vote in the state's June 8 GOP primary. The survey's sampling error for likely Republican primary voters is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. The Other Micheal in Houston

    Please, Please, Please Reupublican Jihadist, please pick Sarah, Newt, or Mitt to represent you! And you think McCain got his butt handed to him in 2008, all three of them combined would not stand a chance. Better off waiting until 2016, then, maybe then, if you still have a party left, might come close to winning a Presidental election.

    June 11, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't see John McCain's name on this list after Palin put the nail in the coffin for him and profited. I guess that's why McCain says he is no longer a "Maverick" in an attempt to distance himself from her. She ruined him and she will ruin America if given a chance.

    June 11, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. obama victim

    does it really matter?? obozo is such a diaster, just about anyone can beat him

    June 11, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Paul

    Romney is by far the most qualified candidate in the pack. If the economy stays sour he will have a clear shot at victory in 2012. His turnaround record and leadership prowess will make independents abandon Obama

    June 11, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Don of Iowa

    Romney may be getting name recognition here in Iowa but come elections in 2012 he won't be anywhere near the top. Iowa may be rural but we are not stupid, we voted for Obama in 2008 and we are not about to fall for a stupid Republican like Romney that's for sure. If Republicans want the vote in Iowa they have to dump Failin Palin and the Tea Bagger stupid and crazy department. We DO NOT VOTE for crazies like apparently the Republicans do in Nevada, sheeehs, what a bunch of nutjobs the Republicans are fielding this year, are they really that stupid?

    June 11, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. PalmReader

    Even the most hardened of republicans will have trouble choosing between this list of has beens.

    To quote Rand Paul: Bring it on GOPers!

    June 11, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Living in America

    Why are they campaigning for 2010 when they should be WORKING since they are constantly accusing President Obama of not working. If I hear one more time he isn't working I am going to scream. He has been working since day 1. They thought since Romney got the Kennedy seat the health care bill wasn't going to pass. Obama is gonna win again.

    June 11, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Dave

    Mitt won't stand a chance against Obama. He's all talk, all flip-flop, and all hypocrisy. It doesn't matter anyway. Mitt has a better chance of being elected dog-catcher than winning the GOP presidential primary.

    June 11, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Ark222

    Watch John Thune...

    He will be the next President of the United States. Just watch...

    June 11, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Been there, done that. Didn't work last time, and won't this time, either.

    June 11, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. njfinest2009

    I am a democrat that does like Obama, so far I have to admit this guy looks to be at least the best the republicans got. My take on Romney and Obama... Bring it on.. Let the best man win.

    June 11, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Go Away Left Wingnut liberals

    Romney didn't get the "Kennedy" seat, Scott Brown did. I see why you are confused and thinking that Obummer is working. You're not sure who the elected representatives are. And, it was never the "Kennedy" seat, it is the seat of the people of Massachusets.

    June 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. josephine

    Palin/Romney will be the ticket to reckon with in 2012. The GOP back in business. Not to mention the fact that 2010 will be a huge landslide victory for the Republicans and the Tea Party Movement.

    June 11, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    Some, even posters here, want us to forget about Bush-Cheney, to forget about the arrogance and irresponsibility of the Republican Party over the last nine and a half years. Their con is they want to ‘move on’. But it isn’t about continuing the blame it is about remembering who they are and what they will do again when given the chance. People’s history identifies them and while their words can just be subterfuge, their actions clearly show their intent. Bush was literally a ‘puppet’ for Special Interests and a select few who ‘pulled his strings’, with Cheney acting as liaison and the ‘puppeteer’. Bush-Cheney arrogantly and persistently placated and patronized those very few while giving the majority neglect, apathy and with ‘cocky’ boldness an abundance of deceptive rhetoric to rationalize and to manipulate. The costs were necessarily borne by the majority, especially the middle class, as evidenced by the constant growth in spread between the extremely wealthy and everyone else. That is what they want us to forget and what they want to return to.

    Take the Tea Party Movement who, while with possibly good causes, is being perverted and used to manipulate public opinion and deceptively to support returning to ‘more of the same’. They use the scare tactics and appeals to self interests to effect an emotional outcry that looses rational and objective sight of the hidden objective to return Republicans to power. It should be remembered that Obama didn’t cause any of the problems, that the Republicans have no answers, are only faulting and obstructive all efforts and that there are real problems that need solutions which when returning to ‘more of the same’ it would only drastically add to the problems.

    Look at Sarah Palin, who is strongly supported and being groomed by the same element that backed and benefited from the Bush rise to power. While she is cuter and is even less qualified, their personalities are the same. She is just as arrogant, just as selfishly motivated, as grossly dishonest, as bold and cocky without even any hint of a conscience, and again a sociopath who, when they appease her ego and insatiable financial appetite, will again do their bidding without any guilt or hesitation. Those subtly behind all of this have demonstrated that they just don’t care about the country, only about their power and financial gain.

    Should the people not see these things and instead are manipulated by emotional appeals to their biases, prejudices and self-interests this country could again be thrown into the catastrophe of ‘more of the same’. It really isn’t about the responsibility to give opportunity to the needy or about the responsibility of addressing our decaying infrastructure, abused environment, other greatly neglected and falsely minimized needs but rather it is importantly about not being duped into supporting a very few, extremely wealthy, powerful and influential few, wanting more, and more, and more.

    June 11, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Still using that landscaping company on your fancy ranchero that hires illegal aliens Mitt? Maybe you can McCain can flip flop some more. Do what I say not as I do hypocrisy at its finest.

    June 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Shelby

    Romney is the one with the smarts, good character, great family and with experience both in the public and private sectors. He would make an awesome president!

    June 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. greenfish

    Romney? The man has no center. He's not pro-choice; he's not anti-choice; he's MULTIPLE CHOICE!!!

    June 11, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. gg

    i guess there are afew american jobs left after all that he can help send overseas

    June 11, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Sure, just what the country needs, a radical right-wing religious zealot who is a corporation-loving sell-out to boot. Oh, he's the real definition of elitist, just like Whitman and Crazy Carly.

    June 11, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    Is that their list or are they naming the three stooges of 2010?

    June 11, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. adampeart

    The puppet masters are hard at work again forming the opinions through the usage of media of who the public is supposed to consider "viable" for this next election. IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE POLL you will find that Gingrich, Palin, and Romney are the only recognizable "potential candidate" names IN the poll, so of course they're going to come out on top. Let the manipulation of public opinion begin! Note: Ron Paul, who won the CPAC straw poll this year, wasn't even an option in the poll. Check your premises! Don't be a sucker! inFOwarsdotcom.

    June 11, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Julie

    If Romney is the best the Repubs can muster, it'll be a slam-dunk for Obama in 2012 if he seeks re-election.

    June 11, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Mason

    Think how much better off we would be now if we would have elected Romney, McCain or even Clinton in the last election. Obama's lack of experience has really hurt our country.

    June 11, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Romney, is it? Just the man for the job! Sat back for 8 miserably long years and remained absolutely silent as HIS party destroyed this country. Leadership? Really? I can't wait for Romney to explain why, when he SHOULD have questioned policies being undertaken by Bush, he said nary a word.

    Palin? Can't wait to hear her continuing to explain why SHE is more qualified than our current President . . .

    Pawlenty? Too bad HE has as bad a track record economically as Bush. Rather hard to explain why when 7 years ago Pawlenty was handed a budget surplus he is now leaving Minnesota a 5 billion dollar deficit. It's a subject Pawlenty has been rather quiet about. Probably trying to find a way to continue with his GOP talking points of blaming Obama.

    Gingrich? Well, I guess if one is in agreement with him that it is great if teens quit school to work at McDonald's . . . he's your man.

    Fact is, there is a new GOP talking point emerging. Shut down public education and get your degree by E-phone. Ought to get us caught up academically to China, Japan, and Sweden in no time flat, right GOPers?

    It's beginning to look more and more as if the GOP really does want to turn us into Third Country status. Wonder why?

    June 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. harold

    The T-party will not support a man who installed Health Insurance in Mass .....for everyone.....KInda Socialism like... huh...T party?

    June 11, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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