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. Wasilla Rocks

    “Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh — it’s got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.”

    – Sarah Palin, September 24 2008, trying to explain to Katie Couric why giving Wall Street investment companies a 700 billion dollar government handout is a better idea than giving that money to middle class Americans.

    August 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Ric NY

    Tila Tequila for GOP nominee!

    August 16, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Jeff B

    News flash for everyone: there is NO WAY Palin will run for President. Take it to the bank. FIrst, she doesn't want the job. (She didn't even like being governor of Alaska.) Second, she enjoys all the attention and $$ she is getting now without having any real responsibilities. Of course, she has to hint at being interested in running for President. The minute she says she won't run, all her media attention will dry up. There is an "unholy alliance" between Palin and the mainstream media. They need each other, but the charade will end as soon as she says she's not running for prez, so it's in both of their interests to keep this scam going.

    August 16, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    who in their right mind would trust our country to any of these wing-nuts?!

    August 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Michael S

    The GOP isn't completely stupid. They know Palin has no chance of winning a general election because most Independents will vote for Donald Duck before they will vote for Sarah Palin.

    August 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. carlos

    cnn should have gone as far as saying the the mitter was third without mentioning the alaska hag, but since they are in love with her, it will never stop............as to vote for a preacher......NO THANKS........no doctors, actors, eye doctors, veterinarians and ex politicians

    August 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. kcl

    This is no surprise. The thinking Americans have been saying this forever, Palin has no chance in h.....

    August 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Chuck in Jasper Ga

    Not hard to understan why Palin is the last horse in the race, she is such an idiot she couldn't tell which way an elevator was going if she had two guesses

    August 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Lori

    Palin makes no sense when she speaks. She is out of her mind to think she can ever be President of this country. Stop reporting on what she says, she is just a regular citizen, and she is uneducated. She needs to go away and stop speaking.

    August 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    Iowans, as a whole, are more politically engaged than any other state – with the possible exception of New Hampshire. I wouldn't just chalk it up to name recognition.

    August 16, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Willyd

    We keep hoping she'll take the hint. It's not subtle. You'd have to be pretty thick not to understand that you're not wanted.

    August 16, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. jae

    to constituional Patriot, the real honesty that you are talking about is that he would allow business' to decide for themselves who they want to serve, like they can say, Whites Only. Yeah, thats a change we need huh Patriot. idiot.
    What has this aministration done to worsen this countries position. Dont talk like Faux News, give us some real points.
    To Jeff in Chicago, do remember the $4.00 per gallon gas? do you remember the records profits that were made to Big Oil with no reason why the gas prices were so high. Do you remember all news channels showing a picture of Bush saying we have more homeowners than ever in the history of this country? Then the melt-down why Bushy and Paulson bailing out the same banks that put us in this mess? How do not see that, oh I know why, your not racist at all,but our president is doing a horrible job right? name a couple things that he has done this country wrong. What he proposed health care for everyone, wow how dare he try to make sure that all Americans get to see a doctor when they need without having to file BK on the bills. No, its the immigration thing with Borders. So you know that the last president spent 51 million dollars to build a fence and it was not half finished, I can see why it is President Obama's fault. Its not because he is black and that is not why you yell out, "We Want Our Country Back, not Black"
    As an Asian, I get the benefit of you White people who think that because I am not Black, you can say all of things that are in your heart thinking I would be with you. Wrong, I hear everything you people say.
    I hope to God, that Palin gets the nod, then victory is guaranteed, unless you want a person that should not even been a Gov. as she realized and quit. But I can see how she would be the best for the Republicans, then the government would truly not be for the people.
    THAT IS WHY WE CALL YOU RACIST. YOU CANT HOSE LITTLE KIDS IN STREETS OR BEAT A MAN FOR WANTING A CUP OF COFFEE IN THE SAME PLACE AS YOU (GREENSBORO 4). RACIST. PLEASE TELL US WHY YOU ARE NOT.

    August 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Martin

    When will CNN's obsession with Palin end? Nobody wants to vote for her. Nobody ever did. CNN is the only media outlet that acts like she's popular.
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    You obviously haven't seen FOX NEWS lately.

    August 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. I Heart Palin

    I hope she runs for the GOP nomination for President, and holds many press conferences, unfiltered by that pesky media, in which she sets forth her views on healthcare, the economy, job creation, defense, foreign policy and Bristol's engagement status. All on board the Crib Notes Express!

    August 16, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. BBB

    Their obsession with her will end when they can find another former beauty queen to write about... I will never forgive McCain for opening this Pandora's Box and unleashing her on the American public.

    August 16, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Travis

    The GOP movement right now is summed up as crazy, misguided, and regressive, rife with religious zealots, narrow minds, and fear agendas. They've committed financial, environmental, and human crimes against americans and other nations abroad. What's even scarier is that there are so many blind, unintelligent, and brainwashed followers who can't or refuse to see it...and will vote for them regardless. We're so screwed.

    August 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Squigman

    Wouldn't walk across the street to either, and dont care for the prospect of either being in the Oval Office.

    August 16, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. tweety

    Because Palin's true colors have came out. This woman sees dollar signs and heads in that direction. Then she has the nerve to make statements about Obama being a celeb?!

    She figures she may as well get as much out this circus as she can. {WHAT will she do for a living after all of this?} And....her supporters are too stuipd to figure that out. They keep buying her books, showing up to hear her verbal vomit, and PAYING to get in none the less. Priceless.

    Watching this party attempt to appeal to the 'down home folks' who clearly do not vote for the party that actually gives a sh!t about their plights most times is an eye opener.

    Hypocrites thru and thru.

    August 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Uncle Ellsworthey

    Whoever wins in Iowa wont win in the national election, they seldom do. Way too much emphasis is placed on the Iowa Caucus's.

    Prediction: It really matters little who the Republican candidate is for they will win the national election anyway, especially if Obama should run again. I really and truly look for him not to seek a second term so as to avoid the embarrassement of a major defeat which is all but assured at the moment.

    August 16, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. nathan

    Can you imagine her trying to debate the President? Id pay to see that one.

    August 16, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. MR AMERICA

    CNN will stop posting Palin stories as soon as we all stop clicking them.

    I find her entertaining...and the bottom line is she isn't harming anything because anyone that likes her isn't going to change their mind, and anyone that hates her isn't going to change their mind either, so what's the big deal?

    August 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Hear is some words of advice for the republican's if you want to even begin to get the independent vote Palin better be as far away from the ticket as possible! If she is near it that will be the only way I would be on incumbent train!

    August 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Do you really want a religious leader, as a President? Just look at IRAN!

    August 16, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Tim

    Mike Huckabee? Ah yes, our democracy turning into a theocracy. Well, come to think of it, to some degree we're already there.

    August 16, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. walter

    It's clear that Republicans are not interested in Palin running for president, but of course the left keeps touting her name in hopes that people will focus on that rather than the disaster the last 3 years of Democratic rule has created. Give it up – come January many (though not nearly enough) dems will be unemployed like the rest us (of course, unlike us, they'll have a golden parachute to soften their fall.)

    August 16, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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