November 21st, 2007
10:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Huckabee strengthening in Iowa

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new poll shows former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Arkansas, strengthening his second place position in Iowa in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Huckabee still trailing former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, but pulling ahead of former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York.

The poll shows Romney currently at 28 percent, Huckabee at 24 percent, Thompson at 15 percent, and Giuliani at 13 percent.

The poll was conducted on November 14-18, 2007 and has a +/- five percent margin of error.

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
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  1. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    I think huckabee may have a lot to offer. My question is: I have read several coments to the effect that he disavows evolution and believes in a Young Earth. I can't find anything to substantiate this anywhere.
    Anybody got a link to this information? Cuz I'm afraid I couldn't vote for someone that flat out denies everything science has uncovered to support the Theory of Evolution. Such a stand doesn't pass the common sense test.

    November 21, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Good for him, but seriously, this is the same ticker everyday.

    November 21, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Paul Thompson

    Zig Ziglar endorsed Huckabee...isn't that a story?

    November 21, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. james, buda, tx

    good luck Huck, you'll need it your belief in God will kill you among the educated, tolerant, secular progressive, bed wetting liberals.

    November 21, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Topper Time

    Randy -. everything science has uncovered to support the Theory of Evolution. Such a stand doesn't pass the common sense test.

    If man evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

    Why is it that the most complex species on earth is the only species that evolved from another species? Seems odd that humans are then only thing that shows such extreme and complex change. Don’t get adaptation confused with evolving.

    If the evolution theory is a sure thing, why has it changed numerous times over the last 90 years? Why has the bible had the same teachings since it was written? Although, you can argue the first chapter in the book of Genesis the rest of the bible has been proven to be historically accurate. Faith in Gods creation vs. faith in mans ability to reason – I’ll take Gods word everyday. By the way who gave many the ability to reason? Let me guess it just evolved.

    If the earth is billions of years old, why is a change in the environment over the last few years and issue? The idea that the world is going to heat up is already been predicted; try reading the last book of the bible. No Al Gore did not write that book. Be assure the warming of the earth is going to

    Perhaps you should really on COMMON sense and start using your own sense.


    November 21, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Huckabee? Maybe he's a nice guy, but still just another potential Jimmy Carter, in that he will be a powerless lightweight who gets runover by the heavyweights in D.C. (just like Jimmy Carter) In order to deal with the heavyweights, you have to have more leadership savvy. Huck is simply the latest new Great Evangelical Hope, because the Evangelicals are willing to vote for anybody but a Mormon. HOW SAD. The Clintonites are feeding this bait around. HOW CLEVER. Hillary will definately be in the Oval Office, because of this vote-splitting technique. The Clintons are much more afraid of Mitt Romney than a Huckabee.

    November 21, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. John, Salt Lake City, UT

    Mike –

    Apes still exist because they continue to be a viable species. Evolution is not transformation - when a new species evolves (via genetic mutation and natural selection), the old one does not cease to exist.

    Humans are not the only species to come into existence via evolution. Every species in existence did, even single cell organisms. From an evolution standpoint, we are not particularly special. That said, I do not believe there is a concensus theory as to how the first proto-species (self-replicating protein chains or amino acids, basically) came into existence - work of a divine being, random events during earth's formative years, it's unclear. But according to the theory of evolution, the rest of the animals and plants you see around you (or don't see, in the case of bacteria and such) evolved.

    Scientific theories are open to continual challenge and refinement based on new experimental data. The core theory of evolution by natural selection has not changed in over a hundred years, but like most scientific theories, it has been refined. In that way, it is no different from physics, which has "evolved" from simple Newtonian notions of atomic interactions to relativity to quantum mechanics to string theory to... When the theory does not match the data, scientists "evolve" (refine) their theories. Sometimes theories that were thought to be true are later refuted, which scientists accept. But, as I said, the core parts of the theory of evolution by natural selection have stood the test of time and are overwhelmingly accepted by biologists, geneticist, etc.

    Global warming is a bit of an aside from evolution, but the basic problem is that while the environment of the earth has certainly changed (warmer, colder, more ice, less ice, etc.) over its 4-5 billion year lifetime, us humans and our companions species (plants and animals) do best in roughly the current climate. Humans are able to mold our environment (i.e., build houses, gas heaters, air conditioners, etc.), but that is not true of a lot of other species on which we depend. In general, many humans are likely to suffer if there are significant changes in the current climate. The earth itself will persevere... but it sure would be nice if our species went along for the ride!

    Science and religion are not incompatible (e.g., as I said above, there are a lot of unknowns about what exactly happened 4-5 billion years ago when the solar system formed or 1-2 billion years ago when the first forms of life appeared on earth). If you read Genesis as allegorical or the work of early humans who were incapable of understanding the subtleties of what they were being taught, it's pretty easy to believe in both. But I'd have to say that science and a literal reading of Genesis are pretty much incompatible.


    November 21, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |


    November 21, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Paul Thompson

    I believe all that Huckabee's said is that he has his doubts about evolution.

    I'm pretty qualified on this subject and in my opinion, evolution is a failed theory. How we got here isn't going to be simply explained by 'evolution.'

    Try looking at this site
    I came across it in discussions with others who adamantly demand that we 'believe' in this failed theory.

    November 21, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. TRM

    GO MIKE!!!

    November 21, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Liberal Chic

    Topper Time :

    What a dodo. Obviously snoozed through high school biology.

    November 21, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Mike, tacoma wa

    why are people so ignorant that they can not accept that what the bible says and the theory of evolution do not conflict. the bible says who made everything while evolution takes a guess at how it was made. Also evolution is very bad science since you can not apply the scientific method to it.

    November 21, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Honestly, TX

    As someone who probably will not be voting for a republican candidate (unless Clinton is the nominee for the democrats) I can say I think Huckabee is a pretty good choice. Huckabee or McCain could win next year.

    November 21, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Posted By Topper Time : November 21, 2007 5:51 pm

    Topper Time, I'm sorry, but you don't understand anything about the theory of evolution. First you should learn why science favors evolution as the model to explain the diversity of life on earth. Then you can consider how this scientific view of the world meshes with the spiritual view.

    We all can say there is a human spirit. Regardless of its scientific explanation, it exists. We care about each other (at least to some extent if we really take the time to look inside ourselves). Scientists can have a theory for why that is, but it doesn't make our feelings any less meaningful.

    Science and spirituality can co-exist. The Catholic Church endorses the scientific model of evolution. I don't understand why some other religious groups find evolution so offensive. It has nothing to do with whether God exists or not.

    November 21, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. Jim, Columbus, GA

    You are correct Mike ref Evolution – Theory falls apart when common sense is applied –

    Ask when the orgin of life begin – they'll tell you "lightning bolt hit a mud puddle"

    Ask how long did that fish have to hold his breath before he grew lungs?

    Ask where did all this space and dust come from fro the Big Bang? Hint – NOTHING is just there!

    Go Huckee and pick Liberman as your VP!

    November 22, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  16. Jim Owens, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

    I am happy that the American people are waking up to the dawn of Mike Huckabee. He is a moral leader whose actions speak louder than words. His campaign has been maintained as honorable, appraising the future of America and looking for solutions. He represents someone who will help heal America, while defending her principles and precepts. He is a man who I would be compelled to support and content to call Commander & Chief.

    November 22, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Larry, Fairfax, VA

    That is the most clueless pile of arguments I've ever read in one place at one time against anything, let along against Evolution.

    To quote: If man evolved from apes, why are there still apes? WHY NOT! THEY'RE PRETTY YOUNG IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS!

    Why is it that the most complex species on earth is the only species that evolved from another species? IT'S NOT, MILLIONS OF OTHERS HAVE TOO!

    If the evolution theory is a sure thing, why has it changed numerous times over the last 90 years? IT HASN'T CHANGED, IT'S BEEN REFINED WITH DETAILS/VALIDATING INFORMATION.

    Why has the bible had the same teachings since it was written? BECUASE THE CHURCH DOESN'T WANT TO CHANGE!


    If the earth is billions of years old, why is a change in the environment over the last few years and issue? BECAUSE WE HAPPEN TO BE HERE NOW AND LIVE ON THE COASTLINES AND NEED FRESH WATER, ETC. TO SURVIVE!

    November 22, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. JB Boston MA

    I got to admit, I agree with his tax ideas. Doing away with an income tax and creating a consumption tax makes sense. Those who consume more pay more. And, tourists end up paying for our services.

    November 22, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Jkinstle, Wapakoneta, OH

    Well Mike/Topper Time, you've just demonstrated a mass misunderstanding of what Evolution is ...either that or you're willfully misrepresenting it to make your pathetic case. Evolution does not say we've evolved from if your strawman argument would even be logical if that were the case. Thanks for the support that some species obviously have not evolved...joker.

    November 22, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Frank, Flint, Michigan

    Topper Time, you cannot even write a complete's that for common sense?

    The great thing about scientific theories is that they change over know, when we discover new and more accurate information. Only dogmatic thinking (Bible, Koran, etc.) is not to be questioned or changed. It's laughable that you contend it's historically accurate lol. Sure, the world is flat and the Earth is the center of the universe.

    It's obvious you have no understand of what Evolution actually represents; seems you're only parroting your preacher's version. It's easy to tear down a misrepresented lie I guess. Talk about dishonesty. Liars for Christ.

    Evolution and God could both exist; it could be just the way god did it ya know.

    November 22, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |