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. max

    Wow only 11% , those people in Iowa are smarter than to pick Palin.

    August 16, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Marge

    Withe the way the republicans screwed up the economy in their stolen eight years who in Hades in their right mind would vote for any of them. And the fact that they thing, blocking, obstructing and voting NO on every single proposal to try to right the wrongs makes them look effective shows they don't have the mind of two year old...like Palin...I want – want – want. Gee we sure need an education system better than no child left behind. Looks like all the adults have been especially if they are republicans.

    August 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. C.K.

    Palin should be last, as she's not fit to run for any political office. She's not vetted.

    August 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. rdg1

    Any Republican is better the the losers the democrats have put in Washington. My dog would be a better leader than a democrat.

    August 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Alvy Singer

    Boy, Obama should be able to crush these dodos.

    August 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Aikidoka

    Huckabee is a religious zealot. He thinks we live in some kind of Christian theocracy, We don't. We are a secular nation, even though the vast majority of us are Christian.

    August 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. JohninTampa

    Sarah can always get a job on the cartoon network. I'd like to see her in a smack-down with Yosemite Sam.

    August 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Blake

    Huckabee, Romney or Gingrich would all be capable hands after the guy with the experience of my paper boy has been running the country for four years.

    August 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. johnrj08

    Says a lot about this country that the most popular Republican has openly stated that he believes mankind walked alongside living dinosaurs. Either this is shameless pandering to get votes or it is anti-intellectualism in the extreme. Either way, this guy has no business running a country in the 21st century.

    August 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    It doesn't matter the numbers all I read are a bunch of nut case conservative extremists repulsicans running. Doesn't this party have any moderates or liberals any longer that someone who is turned off by the right can vote for??

    August 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Mr. Moderate

    Why does one of the most homogeneous states in the country have such a disproportionate influence in who leads the country?

    August 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Grahame Rhodes

    So Very Sad.

    The only connecting link between all of them is that of

    """LOSERS"""

    August 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Jeff from Chicago

    After the almost 4 years of democratic rule, anyone, ANYONE, is better than obummer.

    (yes 4 years, the last 2 of Bush and the first 2 of obummer. As you recall, that is if you think at all, you know the first 6 years of Bush were pretty good and if you compare to obummer and the democratis last 4, they were absolutely fantastic!!!!)

    August 16, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Early Iowa poll has Huckabee in first, Palin in fourth
    -------------------------------–

    Why is this news? The GOP's "leadership" is deplorable at best.

    Huckabee, first in line for the Loser crown; Palin a close fourth for same

    ?!

    August 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Craig

    Man I hope she runs, its a win for our party. She might quit!

    August 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    The left wing thinks the press is too conservative, the right wing thinks it is too liberal. The fact is that the press (sorry CNN but you too) is all about making money. If they can sell ads by praising George W Bush then thats what they will do (and did) If they can sell ads by tearing Bush down they will (and did.....not that he didn't deserve it). They helped create Barack Obama there is no doubt(thanks by the way) and now they are pushing Palin. And they will keep pushing her as long as she helps them sell ads. It is really equal opportunity buliding and bashing so I guess in a way that's fair. It makes for great political theater and it always has. Problem is it is a lousy way to govern a country.

    The founding fathers forsaw a lot and we are the better for it but "We the People" are going to have to figure out how to handle the 24 hour news cycle on our own.

    August 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. PeterS

    Finally....people are beginning to see through Palin...it's still scarey that 11% are still in her corner though!!

    August 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Kris

    Since the GOP is successful at attracting the reactionary element in droves , I nominate Sarah Palin and Ben Quayle for 2012! There should more than enough insanity and high-jinks generated by those two morons to satisfy even the most discerning racist and boobis americanus; question will there be a planet left afterward?

    August 16, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Darlene

    Could we be so lucky that her 15 minutes is up? I hope Fox gets a new pet project other than Palin. Huckabee is very entertaining, but I'm not Presidential material for my vote. Romney has already proven he can hand fiances, something we desparately need right now, I'll be watching him in the coming months.

    August 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Uncle Snerdly

    I love this guy,lets get him to call in to Rush and tell us how his theocracy will guide our nation with the help of the Corporate, One World,One leader World.

    August 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Chris

    This is just sad. Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin?!... I mean really? Its amazing how election after election after election, we get these puppets to stand before us and sell Americans these ideals that sound good at election time, but ultimately do nothing for us. The same public back and forth fighting will continue, yet the powers really in control will continue to pull the strings in order to keep power. The Obama andministration won because of the previous administrations complete failure. We were sold a dream and a promise of change. We bought it. To think the president or any president is calling the shots it utter non-sense. WE NEED TO TAKE THE POWER BACK!!!

    August 16, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Jim Harrison

    Would you please stop the stupid polling for a second....political fortunes change in minutes and seconds...what is the point in doing a poll 2 years before it is relevant.....get a life

    August 16, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Chaco

    It is more than two years until the next presidential election. Please find something else to fill your 24/7/365 news cycle.

    August 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Sue

    Republicans have lost it.......they have nothing but a bunch of either Religious that want to take over this country or the Hate Mongers that Hate anything and everything that isn't White, Rich, and Christian.......sorry but their are more Democrats in this country and we will not let a bunch of idiots take over this country.......

    August 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Huckelberry, Newtie, Failin Palin....automatic win in the general election for Obama. Mittens is the only one who even has a chance but since he belongs to a cult, he won't get the nomination from the american taliban

    August 16, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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