June 11th, 2010
12:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney tops new poll of Iowa Republicans

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/19/art.getty.mitt.romney.jpg caption ="According to an Iowa Poll released Friday, 62 percent of people who said they were likely to vote in the state's Tuesday GOP primary give Mitt Romney a favorable rating."](CNN) - At this very early stage in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, strong name recognition appears to be making the difference. Case in point: a new survey of Iowa Republicans that puts possible White House hopefuls Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich at the top.

According to an Iowa Poll released Friday, 62 percent of people who said they were likely to vote in the state's Tuesday GOP primary give Romney a favorable rating, with 26 holding a unfavorable view. Fifty-eight percent say they have a positive view of Palin, with nearly four in ten saying they hold a negative view. Fifty-six percent say they have favorable opinion of Gingrich, with one in three saying they hold an unfavorable view.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who was a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Palin, the former Alaska governor and John McCain's running mate two years ago, and Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, all have high name ID.

But the poll indicates that a large percentage of Iowa Republicans are not familiar with some of the other possible contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Fifty-three percent of those questioned say they don't know enough about Tim Pawlenty to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion, even though he's governor of neighboring Minnesota, with 32 percent saying they have a favorable view of him. Sen. John Thune is unknown to 71 percent of Iowa Republicans, even though he's from neighboring South Dakota, and eight in ten were unfamiliar with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The Des Moines Register says that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also ran for the White House in 2008, was not included in the poll because he says he does not expect to run in 2012.

Iowa plays a large role in presidential politics, as its caucuses traditionally kick off the primary calendar. Possible White House hopefuls usually make visits to Iowa and other early voting states as New Hampshire and South Carolina, in these very early stages of the next presidential campaign.

Pawlenty's been to Iowa twice in the past year, while Gingrich, Palin and Romney have each made a visit since 2008. Daniels has not visited Iowa since the last presidential election.

The survey for the Des Moines Register, which was conducted June 1-3 by Selzer and Company, questioned 1,793 Iowans by phone, including 501 who said they were likely to vote in the state's June 8 GOP primary. The survey's sampling error for likely Republican primary voters is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    I'm just glad Mitt Romney is still interested in taking that job. Washington politics have gotten really ugly in the past year and a half and Mitt Romney is just not that kind of guy. America desperately needs a leader like Mitt to take responsibility for running the federal government and getting things back in order. He is one of few people capable of doing that from where we are right now.

    June 11, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Hall for Obama

    "does it really matter?? obozo is such a diaster, just about anyone can beat him" Wishful thinking, not going to happen

    June 11, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. John

    Rethuglican, sorry Republican , they don't have any leader who can ru win till 2024, even to win in 2024 they still have to come out with new face, they are from old school they don't have vision who can steear in the 21st century. They should realize that American people are more educated , your warmongering and fear technic will not work. You all should be thank full that you have elected smart President OBAMA to clean up all these mess which you have created. Think about it.

    June 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. vet in tx

    he can't win because he's a mormon and he "shoved healthcare down the throats" of the people from MA. But I guess that's OK because he white?

    Romneycare was before Obamacare.

    June 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Brenda

    Romney is going to be the next president of the United States--with the 2012 elections. I hope that he either picks Scott Brown or Marco Rubio to be his VP running mate, in order to seal the deal.

    Romney is a business/financial genius......He will be able to save our economy/jobs/country.

    The debates would be funny.....Obama without his teleprompter, versus Romney.

    Do a Google search on Romney's father George-who was elected Governor of Michigan numerous times. When Romney's father was Governor--the auto industry (American Autos), Detroit, and the entire state of Michigan were booming.

    June 11, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. AmericanFlag

    A cult member and a career politician? I don't think so.

    June 11, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. don

    I guess Christian conservatives aren't as tied to their faith as we once suspected. Mormans are normally considered outside their mainstream Christian faith. Except for Beck and Romney

    June 11, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. FM

    They are all bunch of losers. Since when in the nation's history once one lost, gave it a second trial and made it! If GOP doesn't have new faces, they better forget it and save money and time for campaigns!

    June 11, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. bill

    who cares about romney.just another BUSHITE.thaught we got rid of that fool.

    June 11, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Belle

    Romney is smart and might just be the right man to turn around the economy.
    At least he has leadership skills and experience in executive decision making.
    8 years of Bush , 4 years of Obama , that makes it 12 years of inept presidency in the White House.

    June 11, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Eric in Manhattan

    Here we go again. If Romney has anything going for him it's his flexability - he bends any way the wind blows. This may not be the way to lead, but it IS the way to chase your own tail, and just about as productive. The GOP needs to focus on America, not ego-driven politics.

    June 11, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. The real Jay

    obama victim June 11th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

    does it really matter?? obozo is such a diaster, just about anyone can beat him


    What to bet?

    June 11, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Horkusmac

    It simply amazes me how brain dead some can be when they comment that GOP = bad or DEM = perfect – OR VICE VERSA. And these people get to vote and procreate at their convenience. Scary.

    What happened to voting for the most qualified person, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, etc, America? Stick your vile hatred in your back pocket for a few moments and take the kool-aid blinders off and think for a change.

    Vote for the person – not the party.

    June 11, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. gregoire

    @ living in America – Romney won the "Kennedy seat"? Really? I can think of at LEAST two things wrong with that statement... both of which demonstrate a tremendous amount of ignorance and typical liberal "gimme gimme" entitlement attitude in you.

    June 11, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. rs

    Well, Romney's clear advantage is that he is sane- and that means he ca't win primary battle againt the TP wing if the Republican Party.

    June 11, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. jilli

    Wishy-washy flip-floppin' MItt. Good luck with that. He couldn't buy the nomination the last time around, I doubt he'll be able to do it this time.

    June 11, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. maf

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Mitt Ha Ha Ha,
    Everytime the Republican party comes up with a possible Presidential candidate, the reaction seems to be the same. There is NO one in the Party of NO that is capable of stepping up to the plate!

    The Democrats are licking their chops awaiting which one of the lesser thans the GOP are going to get behind and singularly endorse.
    At this point it just won't matter.
    If you are NOT working to make things better in this time of turmoil, the people will certainly remember your posturing when it comes time to vote.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Romney Ha Ha Ha Ha

    June 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    I guess if you fail the first 10 times, your 11th failure just doesn't make a difference, does it Romney? Maybe your magic underwear will help you this time.

    June 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. free-market capitalism does NOT = democracy

    58% of republicans approved of palin?????
    58% of republicans actually "think" that palin is a nation builder????
    What has palin ever done that was for the good of America and not just good for sarah and corporations???
    Twitter is where palin belongs; where attention spans and thoughts are limited to 120 characters.

    June 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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