Huckabee narrowly tops 3-straight 2016 Iowa GOP polls
April 16th, 2014
04:27 PM ET
3 months ago

Huckabee narrowly tops 3-straight 2016 Iowa GOP polls

(CNN) - What do the three most recent public opinion polls of Iowa's 2016 Republican presidential caucus have in common?

All three surveys indicate there's no frontrunner in the very early hunt for the GOP presidential nomination in the state that votes first in the race for the White House. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee narrowly tops the list of potential candidates in each poll.

The latest of the surveys comes from Loras College. According to their poll of 600 likely Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, 14.7% say if the 2016 GOP caucus was held today, Huckabee would be their first choice. The former Arkansas governor, a favorite of many social conservatives, won the state's 2008 Republican caucuses, which launched him towards victories in a bunch of other contests before bowing out to eventual nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona. The Fox News Channel host sat out the 2012 campaign, but is now mulling another bid.

The poll indicates former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10.7%, followed by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8.5%, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, at 8.3%, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 8%, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 6.2%, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (a 2012 GOP presidential candidate), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker each at 4.7%, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (also a 2012 White House hopeful) at 3%. Everyone else tested in the survey, which was released Tuesday, was in the low single digits.

A Suffolk University poll of Iowa Republicans released last week also indicated a massive traffic jam among the potential GOP presidential contenders, with Hucakbee at 11%, followed by Paul and Bush each at 10%. Everyone else was in single digits.

Huckabee also narrowly topped a crowded field of possible candidates in a Republican-leaning WPA Opinion Research survey conducted at the end of March.

Huckabee back in Iowa

The results of the polls "show a wide-open race for Republicans in Iowa, with an opportunity for any number of candidates to catapult out of here on caucus night. For a candidate to do well here, they need to come to the state often, get to know Iowans and answer their questions, and work to turn out voters on a cold caucus night," said Iowa Republican strategist Tim Albrecht, who served as a top adviser to Gov. Terry Branstad.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Polls
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. steve

    clergyman make terrible presidents!

    April 16, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Go for it, Huck – it'll be another opportunity to prove we have separation of Church and State and need none of your hypocrisy!

    April 16, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Bill from GA (from previous article)

    I can't imagine anything more depressing than God and guns huddled together under the same roof. Truth to tell, the very thought of it disgusts me.

    April 16, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What do the three most recent public opinion polls of Iowa's 2016 Republican presidential caucus have in common?"

    Well, if Huckabee is the frontrunner I can only conclude that GOPerville is yet again willing to put the worst possible candidate at the top of the ticket.

    Go Iowa. Show us what you've got.

    April 16, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Birds of a feather: Huck jokes about then-candidate Obama being shot at a campaign rally (NRA, May 16, 2008).
    Huck hangs with Nugent, who called then-candidate Obama a POS at one of his concerts in 2007.

    BTW, Nugent in mid-April of last year (at an NRA convention in St. Louis) said that "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

    And Huck considers this guy a close friend and like-minded fellow ...

    April 16, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Uncle Sugar had a rant last week in support of the deadbeat rancher who owes the government over a million dollars for grazing his cattle on our government property. If you rip the government out of big bucks, you might be a republican, and Uncle Sugar is on your side.

    April 16, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @steve
    clergyman make terrible presidents!
    ----------
    "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."- Thomas Paine

    April 16, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    So Huck gets to drive the clown car again?
    As a dem all I can say is yippee!!!!! Keep talking Huck, you are working wonders....for us.

    April 16, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Oh great – one of the faces of the Theocracy take-over movement.
    I hope he does run. He will lose.
    We can finally put to rest the illusion that the country needs to become a Theocracy.

    April 16, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Think again – Ted "Crappy Pants" Nugent is a draft dodging loud mouth. All talk. And, like most goopers, you can't chicken salad out of chicken . . . by products.

    April 16, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    To Lynda/Minnesota – re 'God and guns'

    I really don't think the recently passed (but not yet signed into law) bills reflect the values of most Georgians. And to clarify the 'guns-in-church', if the church opposes, they aren't allowed. But the law makes it only a minor civil offense if you are carrying illegally.

    The law also allows guns in Atlanta's airport, just not behind the security checkpoint. I can't wait for the first shootout over someone insulting someone else at baggage claim. "He wuz threatnin me, and I had to kilt him".

    Half these gun-toting idiots can't even tell if the gun is loaded. That's the excuse often used in 'accidental' shootings. Our State Patrol used to have billboards saying something like, 'its no accident if you're driving drunk'. But if 'your gun' kills someone, accidentally, well, that's OK. Didn't mean to.

    More guns everywhere, No accountability.

    April 16, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    This religion rant will never be a POTUS. PERIOD.

    April 16, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    LMAO!!! Please run for president!!

    April 16, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Still a no go, for those who oppose religion in government.

    April 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Bill from GA
    To Lynda/Minnesota – re 'God and guns'

    I really don't think the recently passed (but not yet signed into law) bills reflect the values of most Georgians. And to clarify the 'guns-in-church', if the church opposes, they aren't allowed.
    -----------------

    Duly noted and thanks for your well worded comment in return.

    April 16, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Tommy G

    Tampa Tim
    Think again – Ted "Crappy Pants" Nugent is a draft dodging loud mouth.
    ---

    So he's in the same category as Bill Clinton.

    April 16, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Will Uncle Sugar give up the additional $700,000 a year he gets from the extreme right for representing them on Fox?

    April 16, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. jk sfl kick the koch stooges gop out in november

    why don't you start your own country, because your never going to get elected squatt in this country, you could call it hicksvillesomialia land heaven, or hickaby abortion land, or maybe im a Koch gop stooge and every body loves me except 95% of the usa.

    April 16, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @Bill from GA
    To Lynda/Minnesota – re 'God and guns'

    I really don't think the recently passed (but not yet signed into law) bills reflect the values of most Georgians. And to clarify the 'guns-in-church', if the church opposes, they aren't allowed. But the law makes it only a minor civil offense if you are carrying illegally.

    The law also allows guns in Atlanta's airport, just not behind the security checkpoint. I can't wait for the first shootout over someone insulting someone else at baggage claim. "He wuz threatnin me, and I had to kilt him".

    Half these gun-toting idiots can't even tell if the gun is loaded. That's the excuse often used in 'accidental' shootings. Our State Patrol used to have billboards saying something like, 'its no accident if you're driving drunk'. But if 'your gun' kills someone, accidentally, well, that's OK. Didn't mean to.

    More guns everywhere, No accountability.
    ----------
    Accidents, suicides, familiar killing is WAY more likely than the NRA hero shooting a bad guy. Not saying it doesn't happen but it is not worth all the other needless deaths. Someone needs to speak out against the NRA lies.

    April 16, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – Republican hero Ted Nugent, soiled his drawers and wore it for three days before showing up at the draft board. Mittens and Bill Clinton avoided the draft differently.

    April 16, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – While you are here, what do you really think of welfare cheat rancher from Nevada who Hannity is making out as a hero?

    April 16, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    Wow....I didn't know there were so many "mad hatters" on this site. Who would have "thunk it"? People, people, people.....Get a Life!!!

    April 16, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "What do the three most recent public opinion polls of Iowa's 2016 Republican presidential caucus have in common?"

    Well, if Huckabee is the frontrunner I can only conclude that GOPerville is yet again willing to put the worst possible candidate at the top of the ticket.
    -------------------------------------------------
    If he's the frontrunner and based on what I've learned about him from other sources it would only prove to me that the GOP, once again, has completely succumbed to appeasing the nutjobs in their base...oh wait, that's all their base is comprised of these days: nutjobs. Never mind.
    @ Bill in GA
    I'm not as concerned about those that are able to carry concealed weapons in church as I am about those that can carry them in bars; that's a recipe for disaster if ever I heard one: liquor and guns.

    April 16, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Len

    The American people will not vote for someone who preaches religion and takes away the rights of Americans. You cannot force your religious beliefs on an entire society. If you are against abortion, same sex marriage, and contraception then you and your family should not practice, but do not force your beliefs on an entire society. Constitution: separation of church and state.

    April 16, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. rs

    Uncle Sugar leads in Iowa, eh? There goes the female vote.

    April 16, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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