August 16th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
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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. stormerF

    Why are the Bedwetters so afraid of Palin? If she is so out of touch what are you so afraid of? Huck is a feather duster when it comes to criminals he has let two go that should have never been released and they have killed and raped again,Of course in other states than Arkansas.

    August 16, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Dave

    "The survey...may be viewed as simply a matter of name recognition."

    If that was the case then Palin would have won it.

    August 16, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Adam

    Hate to break it to you Dem's but the GOP doesn't do rookies for President so Pailin won't make it. I doubt she even runs.

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

    If these people are the best the Republicans can present, then they are in more trouble then I thought. For one thing, I , along with most people could care less about Sarah Palin. The wonder is, why is CNN so taken with reporting anything and everything about this air head woman?

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

    Huckabee needs to step aside. Frankly I found his intolerance for Romney's religion inexcusable. If he did last election, we may not have Obama now. I do not want him ruining another chance to end this nightmare

    August 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Sergio

    As a conservative, all I can say about Huckabee is, we're screwed. Never, absolutely ever, would the American electorate would vote for an evangelical guy like Hucky. Don't get me wrong, he does have some good arguments and articulates quite well, most of the time.

    However, someone who has received tens of thousands of dollars in gifts while being the governor of Arkansa, just sours the whole deal for me. And the guys is a bigot towards Mormons, and who knows maybe towards those of us who are conservative but don't believe in his beliefs.... yeah.... I don't think so.

    It amazes me that both democrats and republicans would mock someone like Mitt Romney because he never smoked pot, cigarettes, drunk alcohol, cheated on his taxes or his wife, but because he's a nice guy. Even republicans attacked him because the man is honest, and had no drug habits, what the hell has happened to my country??? They called him a flip-flopper and look what happened to Obama, Hillary, McCain, and Hucky... they all did summersaults, even now. So who's the flip-flopper now?

    Honestly, are we saying, pick the dumbest person or most incompetent person because s/he resembles to us??? what??

    The guy is a very successful entrepeneur, has a good family, lives by good principles and is a person who values family. Yes, he may disagree on some issues, abortion, gays, etc., with a number of people, but we have to criticize him personally because of that?. Honestly, what happened to us, Americans, when did we become such a...holes? We are turning into French and Italian, European minded twits. WHAT THE H E L L HAPPENED TO US????

    August 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Tess

    Go Huckabee :D

    I would never vote for Palin, she is not qualified to be this country's commander in chief. Even most republicans don't want her, she's an embarrassment to the whole party and so is McCain, no wonder the Democrats are in power.

    August 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin has never been the Republicans choice, they've just allowed her to make a little money for her futile attempts, you know, like payback. As for Huckabee, he and his wife don't fit the "handsome" appeal which Americans love in their candidates and many will steer away from the Republican party rather than to vote Huckabee.

    August 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    If Palinstein couldn't handle being govenor for more than half of her term, what would she do as president? Quit and write a book? Or just go back to making mooseburgers?

    August 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. I can see Russia from my house

    I hope Palin runs for President. She can call her bus the Train Wreck Express. I hope she gives lots of long press conferences where she sets forth her views on defense, healthcare, the economy and whatever else in detail. She's so fun to watch in a "I can't friggin' believe this" sort of way.

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

    All you Palin haters you are disgusting, you all deserve this President.

    August 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Go Independent!

    ARE YOU TIRED of the powerful millionaires running this country? These Republican and Democrat multi-millionaires have NO CLUE what middle-class and low-income Americans are going through–especially during this great recession! ARE YOU TIRED of the 2-party fighting which only delays progress for this country? In November, VOTE straight INDEPENDENT and GET RID of the 2-party "politics as usual" in Washington. ARE YOU TIRED of slick, corrupt lawyers destroying our country? Let's do something about it!

    August 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Iowa means nothing, now that the left wing loons have taken over that state. Romney is a shoo-in.

    August 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Leigh

    Huckabee is a likeable enough guy. Witty, funny, and he even plays guitar. If I didn't know he was a theocrat, I'd like him. But Jesus doesn't belong in the White House, and our public school students should not be taught that they were made out of clay and put in a garden to talk to a snake. Sorry, Huck. You'd make a great Sunday school teacher. Prez? Nah.

    I don't know who the GOP will nominate. The pickins are sure thin.

    As for the Dems, I don't like Obama much either. If Pat Paulsen were still alive, I'd write him in.

    August 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Julie

    Has anyone noticed that the organization conducting and publishing the poll is the Iowa Republican, with a tag line that reads: News for Republicans, by Republicans and not CNN? Has anyone noticed too that the headline for the article reads: "Huckabee Leads 2012 Iowa Caucus Poll – Palin Finishes Fourth behind Newt," that it's not CNN's headline? This is a 100% Republican generated poll and story. It is the Republicans who are using Sarah Palin's name and celebrity to draw attention. One final thing, Iowa is one of the two most watched states when it comes to presidential elections. Normally, if a person can win Iowa it is likely that that person will go on to win at least the party's nomination. Given that the 2012 is a highly anticipated election with the out of power party (Republicans) looking to take back the WH, it is relevant.

    August 16, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Florida Joe

    What a shock that people are really not as dumb as the 25% of the fringe that worships this quitter.....................

    August 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Jill American

    A Huck-a-whaaat?

    August 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. jonah

    Mike Huckabee is such a gracious and humble man. As a Democrat, I would vote for him mainly because he is a great speaker who doesn't blame shift, and has a softness about him that Obama lacks. He is exactly what this country needs to repair the broken bonds internationally and at home.

    August 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. karen from Charlottesville

    Thank goodness. If Palin got elected I would have to move.

    August 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Ohioan with no Job

    Huck looks ok to me..

    Anyone here anthing about Kate Gosellin,, hope she is doing Ok, she is such a babe....

    August 16, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Poor Huckabee. well Palin and Huckabee 2012

    August 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Boo-Yah

    Maybe people are finally getting it that Palin is waste of time. Palin = Failing.

    Now if we can just get the rest to understand that R = Reverse and D = Forward, maybe we can get this party of "NO" to stop trying to crash this country into the ground.

    August 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. deb

    Palin is nothing more than a narcissistic opportunist. I can't believe there are actually people out there who would vote for this train wreck. Her idiotic, divisive, mean spirted comments, her wacky religious views and her nutty family is beyond ridiculous. If Romney and Huckabee are the only Republicans that will be running we can rest assured that Obama will prevail.

    August 16, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Ric NY

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    August 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    A poll of 399 people? What happened to the usual 1,009. Were some of them on vacation that day?

    August 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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