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. gop

    Palin is total garbage.

    August 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Progressive from Texas

    I'd consider Huckabee less wacko than the rest of Republican collection of bigots, anarchists, and corporate prostitutes. Personally, I'd prefer somebody whose religion doesn't prevent them from understanding and accepting the basics of science, but he seems somewhat less toxic than the other acts in the GOP Circus. Still, with 325 million people in the U.S., is this the best America can do for a leader?

    August 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Pa Santigie

    Who cares, this woman has not declared any intent to run for office. She gave up Alaska to make money. What makes you think she will give it all up to make a fool of herself? She has it too good right now. So please stop trying to bump up your ratings by creating a story where there isn't one. Sarah Palin knows she will never win a national contest regardless the kind.....

    August 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Chris

    RON PAUL 2012. The only Republican I'd ever vote for. Why is he not endorsed by Fox? Because he speaks the Truth about taking those with the power out of it. He's dangerous to them and He won't be endorsed,

    August 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. renobill

    Bad news for us Libs, Palin's the best (only?) hope we have of retaining the White House in 2012. That said, I for one would support a middle of the road Repuke, if there is such a thing. Obama has been such a disappointment I could cry.

    August 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. This is laughable....

    Gosh. They polled a whole 399 people....likely republicans......in Iowa. Wooooooo......huge sampling they got there!! I guess Hucky has it all wrapped up.

    August 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. lcasey

    I so hope the Repubs are stupid enough to nominate Sister Sarah.
    Bring her on!!!

    August 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. John

    Saran Palin shouldn't be able too run for dog catcher,beside the dog are smarter than her.

    August 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. El Perrazo

    The mere fact that Sarah Palin's name is mentioned in the same breath as the Office of the Presidency speaks poorly of America and our expectations as to who should and can lead our nation.

    August 16, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    I don't care who is in the Republican polls. ALL Republicans are already running for a race more than 2 years away and it's ridiculous. NONE of them are leaders, have any solutions for anything, and just sit around criticizing and doing NOTHING to help American NOW.

    If you can't show leaership. concern for working Americans, and patriotism now – then your character won't be any different in 2 years unless you just out telling lies.

    Republicans have destroyed their Party through constant hate speech, constant criticism of everything, no leadership, and standing against every piece of legislation to restore our country. They have been unAmerican and anti-People....and they expect us to trust them to be any different next year or the year after that????

    You cannot trust Republicans. They will say or do anything to get power. They care nothing about working families and the middle class. If you vote for Republicans in November, you will find yourself worse off within months and our country wll take a nosedive into a full-blown Depression.

    Make sure you know what Republicans stand for – repealing ALL legislation passed for the People (healthcare, financial reform, consumer protections, low interest loans for college students, inducement for companies to manufacture here and go back to 'Made in America", and ending war)/ They want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment insurance benefits. They want no funding for education, job creation, or credit for stable small businesses who want to expand and hire more workers.

    Republicans are DESTROYERS. Don't be fooled into voting for them and throwing away America's progress.

    August 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. BradKT

    The idea that this poll among Iowa Republicans represents only name recognition is ridiculous. Were that the case, Sarah Palin would have come in first or second among Iowa Republicans.

    I always believed that Mike Huckabee was going to be the candidate on the right who gutted Sarah Palin like a fish...and with a smile.

    August 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. E. Coli-Tainted Palin Word Salad Consumed By Media

    Well, well, well, and what do you know? Iowans finally figured out Little Miss Ice Chip of Wasilla is dumber and less electable than a cob o' corn!

    August 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. BroT

    The trash the commie/gay news network will publish against Palin is just that: dung, to attract traffic, since no one would be otherwise attracted to their sh$t.

    August 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Ryan

    The GOP is banking on the same jokers that lost before. Smart.

    August 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Mesa Mick

    The very last thing this country needs is a "good conservative christian" re-thug-lie-cant in the WH being "Pastor in Chief" for all the lily-white southerners.

    We had a taste of what an on-the-wagon, born again, white evangelical jeezuz freak with so-called "family values" can do to this country when Bushie-43 was POTUS, we dam sure don't want or need a double-down repeat with Pastor Mikie...

    August 16, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. onlysanetexanleft

    CNN – How was the President saying that we should uphold the constitution a "gaffe" For months teasbaggers have been beatig the drum of the need to adhere strickly to the constitution even though no policies ptu in place have violated it. Now the same crowd doesn't like the 1st and 14th admendments and it gets a pass by the media and instead once again the President gets hammered. WOW.

    August 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    CNN: get a clue! Palin is a has-been, a quitter, and a nobody! NOBODY CARES ABOUT HER!!!

    August 16, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Romney in 2012

    Please get Romney in there. If he were president now, the economy would be fixed–or at least a million miles closer than Obama's horrible policies have gotten us. (I don't mind Huckabee, but prefer Romney's leadership).

    Uneducated liberals love to blame republicans and capitalism for their problems. Anyone with a brain knows that the only system that allows for upward movement is the free market. Unfortunately, over the last 50 years, government has hindered the free market (government paid 55% of all healthcare costs PRIOR to Obamacare). The system isn't perfect, but it is better than Obama's Euro-system.

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. RunnySantorum

    Obama will serve two terms......take that to the bank

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. DrD

    I hope Palin runs; at least the election will be amusing.

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. MJ

    We are a country not a church! We do not need a pastor, we need a President.

    August 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Peter E

    Well, at least they went with an honest, decent person. A person that is still without any ideas, or clue, offering no alternative plan, just like all republicans, but at least an honest person.

    August 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Les

    At 11:52 I posted: "I hope Mike Huckabee runs in the next Presidential race. I will vote for him. Go Mikie go!.

    Since then I have reconsidered and now think Palin is the best. I will now vote for her. Go Sarah go!

    August 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. bailoutsos

    Palin is now a part-time mom and TV personality, not a politician.

    August 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Larry

    Mitt Romney is a Mormon; Sarah Palin is a letter short.

    August 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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