December 7th, 2007
11:43 AM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Voters bombarded by candidates in early states

Bill Richardson meets with Iowa voters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Most Democratic voters in the early nominating states have been bombarded with phone calls and home visits from the presidential campaigns, according to a Pew Research Center Poll released Friday.

In Iowa, 65 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said they have received personal phone calls from campaigns and 33 percent said campaign volunteers have visited their homes. The campaigns are almost as active in New Hampshire, with 56 percent saying they have been called by a campaign, and 30 percent saying they have received home visits.

The Republican campaigns have not been as active in either state, according to the poll. In Iowa, 46 percent said they received personal calls and 8 percent said they were visited at home. In New Hampshire, 45 percent said they had been called from the campaigns and 15 percent said they had been visited at home.

But both parties have been inundating potential voters with robo-calls. About 80 percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers in both parties said they have gotten prerecorded calls from the campaigns. In New Hampshire, 67 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans said they have received them.

The Iowa poll included 2,111 registered voters and the margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. The New Hampshire poll surveyed 1,300 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rich, WA

    Is it just me or does Bill look like a dumpy truck driver in this picture?

    December 7, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Les WA

    I wonder if farmers in Iowa knew Obama wanted to cut subsidies for farmers.

    December 7, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    One Iowian to another: "How many Presidential candidates does it take to screw in a lightbulb?".
    RESPONSE: "Who cares, my diner has served over 1,000 meals this week alone, I'll be sad when it's over".

    Yep, politics IS good for the country, particularly if you are a restaraunt owner in Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina.

    December 7, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Nando, Palm Coast,FL

    Bill is Just running for the free Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Rob, Woodinville, WA

    How many of these calls are bigotted phone calls from Huckabee's supporters?

    The mailings of bigotted anti-Mormon propoganda is unreal and un-American.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mormons pulled out of the republican party in droves...Harry Reid is a Mormon...if Mormons don't vote in the next election, Sen. Smith (oregon, a Mormon) would lose. Congressman Reichert (not a Mormon, but heavily supported by Mormons) would lose. up and down the West coast, there would be congressional seats and electoral votes that would dump democrat by default (NM, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, even Idaho could have enough voters vote third party to have that state turn purple if not completely blue!)

    December 7, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |

    Is it just me or does Bill look like a dumpy truck driver in this picture?
    Posted By Rich, WA : December 7, 2007 1:46 pm

    HEY I'M A DUMPY TRUCK DRIVER AND I TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT REMARK! But little do you know he was out there actually picking corn with the farmers. He's no ordinary Hispanic-descendant candidate! he wears a Super Bib, and it looks like it didn't catch all of the goods.

    December 8, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ask yourself why Richardson would be on CNN at least once per day – any other candidate with less than a 5% share wouldn't – but the Clinton campaign must of called CNN to tell them to publish stories about him – if the Dems are dumb enough to nominate HRC...they will leverage Richardson to pander for the Latino vote (Richardson – the only candidate who doesn't have anything negative to ever say about Hillary...duh....)

    December 9, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |