August 16th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Early Iowa poll has Huckabee in first, Palin in fourth

 Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the come-from-behind GOP winner of the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, is the early choice of Hawkeye State Republicans again, a new poll shows.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the come-from-behind GOP winner of the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, is the early choice of Hawkeye State Republicans again, a new poll shows.

Washington (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the come-from-behind GOP winner of the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, is the early choice of Hawkeye State Republicans again, a new poll shows.

The survey was conducted for the website TheIowaRepublican.com may be viewed as simply a matter of name recognition as much as it is a measure of true political support given the caucuses are eighteen months away and no Republican has yet to declare an intention to run for president.

Sill, the survey shows Huckabee has retained a significant number of supporters in the Hawkeye State, leading the field with 22 percent of support. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the runner-up in 2008, is second with 18 percent.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who visited the Iowa State Fair last week after the poll was conducted and has made clear he is strongly considering a run for president, is in third place at 14 percent.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has long believed to be a natural fit for Iowa Republicans, is the choice of 11 percent of voters.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who finished fifth in Iowa in 2008, again finds himself in fifth place with 5 percent of support.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, another visitor at the state fair last week and almost-certain presidential candidate, is at 1 percent along with South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who also headed to Des Moines and the state fair this week, received less than 1 percent of support in the poll.

The poll surveyed 399 likely Republican caucus goers across Iowa and has a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent. It was conducted July 25-28.


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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Les

    I hope Mike Huckabee runs in the next Presidential race. I will vote for him. Go Mikie go!

    August 16, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Ellid

    Good. Now for the love of sweet baby Jesus, would you media types PLEASE stop pushing Sarah Palin? The constant coverage is really a bit much.

    August 16, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    How ironic it is that the republican who has been mum and staying out of the political spotlight is in the lead in Iowa. The other clown's in the party have been sticking their feet in their mouths for the last 20 months.

    August 16, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Sure do like you Mr. Huckabee but are you really the cure to Americas ill's my votes are going to either Lou Dobbs or else Rick Perry otherwise im not voting unless you can change my mind .

    August 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Linda

    If Americans are so short sighted that they vote to bring back the baron robbers, corporatists and war profiteers who are Republicans, the same ones who let Bush and Cheney rape our nation – making profits on the war, on oil, on everything while not caring one bit about the American people, then I guess America will finally go down the tubes-
    I am haunted by what Bin Laden predicted- he would ruin our economy and destroy America – that is just what the Republicans have done and now they think Americans will put them back in power?
    No way, do not listen to the predictions or the polls but get out and vote for real Americans who want our great nation and ALL of us to succeed not just the richest and greediest – GOd Bless America! And bless the voters to know what the truth is. We have a president who cares about Americans – all of us.

    August 16, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Carol

    Good for Iowa!

    August 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Suman Varanasi

    It is too early to be talking about Iowa I am sure as the date draws near we will have a new field of candidates and the 2008 candidates may not be even in the race

    August 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. SkiDoc

    Huckabee is a wonderful, moral man who would make a great president (very much along the lines of Calvin Coolidge.)

    However, no one rallies the troops like Sarah – so let's see what happens after Iowa........you betcha.

    November cannot come soon enough!

    August 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. hal

    I don't believe the polls.....we need to have different people! I know Paul Ryan doesn't want to run for president- but we need someone like him. I also think Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels would be good candidates, too.

    August 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    I wish we could have an alternative to the Republican-Democrat side shows.

    It is time for a 2nd party in this country. Vote for your favorite! Get rid of the Republicrat-Demolicans.

    August 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Myron

    Palin is a leader for the nomination mainly in the eyes of the media and a few Palin-heads. To everyone else, she is unelectable.

    August 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Ron in california

    Palin isn't electable...to much drama surrunds her. Mos of it created by the left. They are obsessed with her.. And she loves the revenue she generates from the attention.

    August 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Ben

    Good! We need someone with brains, savvy and experience, not someone who thinks they can get by being just witty!

    August 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. bigun

    Palin is making millions being a reality show star. She has no business in national politics. She belongs on the Jerry Springer show with the rest of her disfunctional family. Can we please put her back under the rock from where she was pulled by McCain. She is a complete embaressment to the United States on an international level.

    August 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Jamey

    I hope we see a moderate challenger to Obama at the primary level or election. Im voting for that guy/gal.

    August 16, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. spudrooski

    I never understood the fasination over sarah(rain-girl)palin

    August 16, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. bernice

    Republicans scraping the bottom of the barrel..AGAIN!!!..Oh well, if that's the best you got, forget about winning anything!!

    August 16, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Wake up America

    The CNN Palin obsession continues.

    Note that CNN is ignoring the new jobless numbers, the mosque/obama controversy, the number of foreclosures increasing.

    But if you want to know anything about Palin, CNN is your news source.

    August 16, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. John

    Thank goodness. Palin is such a Republican sterotype... just like Colbert and Things Republicans Hate make her out to be

    August 16, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Jim

    Ron Paul for sure. I was not impressed with any of the candidates during the last republican debate. Ron Paul clearly stood out. Please remove Sarah Palin and stop reporting about her.

    August 16, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Love seeing this new poll! Huck clearly has a strong base upon which to build. I hope he runs. We need him. He can speak on any issue clearly and coherently. Very smart of him to get national exposure through his Fox weekend show, new daily syndicated Fox show and daily radio commentary. American voters are getting to know Mike Huckabee and many like what they see.

    August 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Purnell

    Huckabee is smart – but deranged – Palin is just deranged. The country can not afford either, as it will be 15 years before we recover from Dubya.

    August 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Julie

    This is great news!

    August 16, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. emma

    He comes off as America-friendly, but only as far as his religious beliefs will allow him.

    August 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Huckabee offers no real change. I'll stick with Ron Paul! Check him out people, like or dislike he's the only man who will change things and bring honesty to the White House!

    August 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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