December 29th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
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Poll: Romney regains lead in Iowa

 A new poll shows Romney up front in Iowa.

A new poll shows Romney up front in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney has regained his lead over Mike Huckabee in Iowa, according to a new poll released Saturday - the first Hawkeye State survey in over a month to show the former Massachusetts governor in the No. 1 spot there.

According to the American Research Group poll, Romney leads Huckabee among likely Republican caucus goers by 9 percentage points, 32 percent to 23 percent. That represents a significant gain for Romney from a similar survey last week in which he registered 21 percent - then 2 points behind Huckabee. John McCain is the only other Republican to register double digits in the new poll at 11 percent.

But other recent GOP surveys have shown Huckabee in the lead. A Quad City Times poll conducted by Research 2000 released late Friday has Huckabee at 34 percent, with Romney 7 points back at 27 percent. Fred Thompson is the only other Republican to register double-digits in that poll with 11 percent.

In what seems to be more bad news for Huckabee, the poll suggests his support is the softest of any leading Republican - only 60 percent of his supporters say they will definitely choose him on caucus night. That compares to 85 percent for Romney, and 93 percent for McCain.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead over rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards. The New Yorker registers 31 percent among likely Democratic caucus goers. Obama and Edwards are both 7 points back at 24 percent. No other Democrat is in double-digits..

Other recent polls show the Democratic race in a statistical dead heat. The Quad City Times poll found Edwards and Obama at 29 percent, with Clinton at 28 percent.

The ARG poll was conducted December 26-28 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Quad City Times poll was conducted December 26-27 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. K Wilkinson Texas

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will not have to suffer four years with an uneducated religious bigot who can't keep up on important world affairs. I have renewed faith in Iowa for not falling for Huckabee and his smooth talking baloney!

    Mitt is a superior candidate to Huckabee in every way. You'd have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to know that.

    ROMNEY 2008!

    December 29, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. Dixie

    Maybe the word is getting out about Huckabee "the Huckster" and his lame immigration policy. All talk and no do makes Huckabee a bad presidential candidate.

    He believes controlling illegal immigration is allowing them to touchback and come back in a day with legal status and jumping ahead of many, many other visa applicants waiting to enter the US legally. Sounds like a heck of a way to reward illegal aliens and send them on a path to citizenship he believes in.

    Huckabee is a sake oil salesman. Don't believe a word of his sales pitch.

    There is a lot of information about Huckabee's real position on illegal immigraion on ALIPAC – Americans for Legal Immigration website.

    December 29, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. Stan Harhut, Anchorage, Alaska

    Hillary. Go,Gal,Go. America needs your experience, leadership and strenght. Hillary, you will be a great U.S. President (44) Your on your way, Hillary. Let me be the first to congradualate you, Ms. President Hillary R. Clinton. Chris and Tim (Mr. Disgusting and Mr. Devious) MUST REPORT IT correct and fair and for us to decide., as the fox sez.

    December 29, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Dan, Bend, OR

    Just a question; if you had a scandal plagued Olympics to run and you were 350 + million dollars in the red, who would you call to fix it, Huckabee or Romney? If you had a business that was going under, who would you call, Huckabee or Romney? If you had a government that was struggling with ineptitude, inefficiency and ethical problems, who would you call, Huckabee or Romney?

    I won't tell you who I would vote for because it's so ridiculously obvious anyone can figure it out.

    December 30, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. Rob

    Mitt yes
    Hillary no. Can't you democrats do better than this.

    December 30, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  6. Tiffany

    Go Romney!!!

    December 30, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. Jon Sanderson

    It was only a matter of time before Romney regained his lead. Once people took a real look at Huck's record and got past his smooth talking, it was an easy decision to support Romney over Huckabee. You read it here first: HERE LIES MIKE HUCKABEE: BORN IN IOWA, DIED IN IOWA

    December 30, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  8. Jeff Burke

    Do we really want a President who truly believes that he can become a god, get his own planet, and his wife be eternally pregnant? The Mormons also believe they will take over America one day......scary stuff.

    December 30, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  9. Ed Greene


    December 30, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  10. Jason

    I can tell you this: if Mitt Romney wins in Iowa, it only proves that the people there can't see a phony when he's right in front of them. The guy has lied and attacked his way through his entire campaign, and the sad part of that is it looks from this page that many have bought it. I can only hope people wake up and cast their vote for someone with integrity, because that man is not Mitt Romney.

    December 30, 2007 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  11. Foxy Roxy

    Mitt Romney is passionate about America and when he talks about America you can see that twinkle in his eyes.
    The WHALES (White Homosexual And Liberal Elites) are going to vote for the democrats anyway, when Al Gore wasn't talking about his movie he speaks to gay groups saying we need more gays in governement. Canada allows gay marrige and people hoped they would not here from that group anymore, now they got it taught in school and now they can adopt babies. The Whales pose as anti-war protesters and environmentalistsall attacking repulicans, because they are only concern about one thing and that is teaching kids in University hey its cool to be gay and hey your stupid if you think gay is not normal. These free protestors will be happy to work for the Hill Billy campaign.
    The truth is the Hill Billy campaign is an embarassment to America, Bill flys around and bashes America and says its the repulicans and only the democrats can restore their image, Bill should fly around and say our great country is great regardless who is president instead of attacking all Americans.
    Mitt Romeny is passionate about America all the time.

    December 30, 2007 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  12. jackfruit

    People in America!

    Have you heard of Huckabee and McCain trying to praise each other lately?...Is there something behind these new tactics? Are they trying to make one as vice-president if one of them gets elected?

    It sounded to me they're doing the "I scratch yours, you scratch mine" attitude.

    Both are afraid and trembling because they know MITT ROMNEY has all the capabilities and supports, the BRAIN and the MONEY....Mitt knows we need a good leader in America and that he can turn it around for good. He is not after for money - he has lots of those.

    Huckabee is crying "self-pity" on TV...accusing Romney of accusing him being a BUM...enough of his childishness!....He thinks that by crying self-pity, he will Americans feelings and have sympathy for him. We're looking on where he stands of issues not crying.

    GO MITT....You have America's support.

    December 30, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. J Williamson Buffalo, NY

    Edwards can actually win this, but the focus is nearly all on Clinton/Obama. Come on media folks, you could be missing the biggest polictical story, thus far. John Edwards can win states (in the south and west) that I don't think Hillary or Obama would. Iowa Dems, please give careful thought to this – it's, after all, really about the election of Nov 2008.

    December 30, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Mario

    What is the Quad City Poll? never heard of it, is it a leftist group? To Willard, you and your 'Hiterlyites" can stay at home. No more Clintons, no more cooks, do you remember White water? oh yes, it was a saturday when it happend...

    December 30, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. jane

    Jeff Burke- You have obviously gotten your "information" (the quotes indicate it is NOT correct) about what Mormons believe from an anti Mormon source! Please- anyone who wants to know what Mormons believe- go to or

    Also to you others who would fault Romney for NOT being the spokesman for his religion - it seems you have lost the role a president is to fulfill. It is NOT his job to explain his faith, besides those who WANT to believe evil will "find" it where it did NOT exist- as they BRING it with them.

    Even the Bible though, says it is by their "fruits" that we are to judge- look at the VALUES and his family, the people who have worked for him etc.

    The presidents job is to LEAD the country- for safety for economy for freedom, the public welfare etc! To uphold the Constitution! I think personally, he is our representative to the WORLD, and I think an honest, hardworking family man, with integrity and intelligence enough to do what he has done in the business world, to turn around companies can help TURN AROUND the nose dive of the USA.

    December 30, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Apollo Adams

    Vote Obama you might as well vote Republican!

    We must remember that this vote in the Democratic primary is who can beat the
    republican challenger.
    I feel Hillary or Edwards have the best chances.Clearly Obama wont be able to win his foreign policy experience is pityful.
    His speach about bombing terrorists in pakistan a few months ago is a perfect
    example. Pakistan is a Nuclear armed Allie. Hello That would be a diplomatic desaster.
    Also his claim of spending a couple of years in the philippines when he was 10
    gave him a worldly view is a joke.
    On top of that, the way he stood up and interrupted Hillary durring the debates, was not only disrespectful but shows he lacks the basic fundamentals of a good politician

    December 30, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. harry

    Iowans are known for their good sense of judgement .Barack Obama is a nice guy no doubt but it's important that America understand that 'nice guy' isn't the only prerequisite for the White House.Sentiments apart, Hillary is the most qualified candidate.Have you carefully listened to Hillary's debate? Look at her body language! You will only see a candidate that's ready for the job and I'm happy the polls show that Iowans are in agreement

    December 30, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Mary in NY,

    Good to have you and welcome aboard! A lot of people are starting to open their eyes and see the true leader America so desperately desires. That leader is obviously Gov. Romney – EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP, VISION!

    Paul, you said:

    "He's trying to buy the Presidency." WRONG!!! Romney is offering himself to serve our country. He is willing to use his own hard-earned monetary resources as sacrifice because of his passion and love for America.

    Jeff Burke,

    All I can tell you, please read or listen to Romney's faith speech. Enough is enough already of this bigotry. One of the most beautiful features of America is that it guarantees "Freedom of Religion" to every single person living here. If Romney's faith is the only thing that's holding you against him, then you are pathetic – you don't even know what America stands for – FREEDOM.

    Finally, congratulations to Gov. Romney on the lead. I never doubted his win in Iowa to begin with. My prediction: Romney will also win NH – the rest is history.

    December 30, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. AJ, IL

    Great another meaningless poll posts results. Unfortunately many Americans lack the capacity to think for themselves. A Hillary presidency would be so politically bogged down, virtually nothing important would get done in Congress. With a Romney presidency, I shudder to think about it. Sorry, Mormons do have some strange beliefs derived from Judo-Christian principles, from magically underwear to God being a man who ascended into divinity and that Mormon men are capable of becoming gods.

    December 30, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. jane

    to Ed Green and those who read his bit of "Morman" theology.

    The quotes I put above are there because that is how he spelled Mormon- wrong!
    He also spelled Pearl wrong too! Is this who you want to learn from? He didn't even get the couplet right either and most things can look wrong without their true and full context!

    If you want to know what members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints believe- just ask one, (who ISN'T running for President!- and so should not try to be a spokesman for his personal religious beliefs) or go to or How frustrating, because of being in this role, to not be able defend his faith! GOOOOOO MITT!!!

    About the REST of the Story... on the theology- what does it mean that we are to become perfect like our Father in Heaven? What if we COULD do that in this life (as we are to do the best we can to reach that goal?) What does it mean that we are to co-inherit with Jesus Christ? What did Jesus mean, that he did nothing but what he had seen his Father do? Jesus became a mortal man- right? Then what would that mean that God the Father did?

    I am so PLEASED that we finally have a creditable candidate for the Presidency- Bush was the best choice we had in the last election. I don't know WHAT I will do now that McCain and Huckabee have shown their true colors! I had thought either of them might be a good running mate for Romney. NOT NOW! God bless America, we sure need it and Iowa especially!!! What a responsibility to have!

    December 30, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. fulldawg

    Yet another day, yet another poll.........

    December 31, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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