2nd straight Iowa poll has Bachmann on top
July 12th, 2011
01:07 PM ET
11 years ago

2nd straight Iowa poll has Bachmann on top

(CNN) - For the second straight day, Republican presidential candidate and Rep. Michele Bachmann's at the top of a new poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers.

According to a survey from the American Research Group, 21 percent of people questioned say they are backing the congresswoman from neighboring Minnesota for the GOP presidential nomination in their state's caucuses. Bachmann was at nine percent in ARG's April poll.

In second place at 18 percent, and within the survey's sampling error, is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, is in third place at 14 percent, followed at 11 percent by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who hasn't decided whether she'll launch a presidential campaign. Every one else is in single digits.

The ARG poll follows by one day an IowaRepublican.com survey which indicate put Bachmann at 25 percent, with Romney at 21 percent.

Both polls follow a much reported recent survey from the Des Moines Register which had Romney at 23 percent and Bachmann at 22 percent. That poll sparked some favorable stories for Bachmann, who earlier in June received positive headlines for her performance at the much watched CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader GOP presidential debate.

A strong showing in next February's Iowa caucuses, which kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, is crucial for Bachmann's hopes of winning her party's nomination.

The release of the new surveys comes just under five weeks from a straw poll in Ames, Iowa. Bachmann and Pawlenty, as well as Paul and a few other candidates, are putting a lot of time and effort into getting supporters to attend the influential straw poll.

The American Research Group poll was conducted July 5-11, with 600 likely Iowa GOP caucus goers questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Poll
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. ART

    Wow I guess there are alot of uneducated people in Iowa , really can they not see just how much of an idiot this woman is.

    July 12, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. chris

    Bachmann is a diversion, just like palin was/is. These nutjobs "jobs" in the Teapublican party is to be as divisive and bombastic as possible to draw attention away from whatever the teapublicans dont want you to see. AND the nutjobs get paid very well by thier PACs.

    July 12, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Jake

    her husband is very, very gay, no?

    July 12, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is great news for President Obama!

    July 12, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. logic in LA

    It appears that 4% of conservative Iowans have gotten smarter in 24 hours! Thank God we have so many months before the election for them all to come to their senses.

    July 12, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. thomas

    At last we Americans have a true Joan of Arc , a Saint that will leed us into glory !

    July 12, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    As a former Iowan, I find this very disturbing. I think Bachmann is smarter than Palin, but her viewpoints are just as lunatic fringe. I have always given Iowans credit for being a great deal smarter than that.

    July 12, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Michael

    I will have to write in a vote for Mickey Mouse if my two choices are Bachmann or Obama.

    July 12, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    So she signs a pledge saying Black children were better off during slavery than now and these nuts in Iowa STILL give her the lead???? Utterly clueless is what they are

    July 12, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. mike edelman

    its time we stopped letting Iowa which in no way represents a cross section of america either on the republcian
    or democratic side control the agenda and set the tone for presidential primaries...the mere fact that a michelle
    bachmann could be leading is reason for republcians to be concerned..Iowa is not a microcosm of america with
    its changing demographics..Iowa is a throw back to another time...Bachmann represents tea party know nothings
    who like lemmings will follow their leaders off a cliff and who like high school students ...never read the book but
    reley on cliff's notes in the form of cliche's and demogoguery to get bye..enough

    July 12, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "2nd straight Iowa poll has Bachmann on top"

    It better be straight, becauase otherwise she'll have to send it to her husband's Quack Factory to try to reprogram it out of being gay...as long as Medicare pays for it that is.

    July 12, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. V in Chicago

    If i pray hard enough, will this flaky idiot go away? If it works to "cure" homosexuals, it should be able to help this miracle too. I'm just saying . . .

    July 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    So, the fact that the Tea Party princess worked for the IRS chasing down delinquent taxpayers from 1988-1993
    collides with her supposed anti-big government and anti-tax rhetoric today. And, apparently she went after
    them with great zeal. Google her case re: Marvin Manypenny, Native American activist. This is the real
    Michelle Bachmann. She is a fraud, the Tea Partiers (mostly) are frauds. So beware the wolves in sheeps

    July 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. normajean

    Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are two women cut from the same mold. They are both attractive, have a gift of gab, breezy,friendly personality and complete lack of logic when it comes to politics and our country.They both spout whatever comes into their heads whether it's fact or fiction as long as it draws in the suckers!!!This has been proven over and over again. The Republican party is doing themselves a disservice to back eitiher of them!!!! Can't you people read???TRY IT ...YOU MIGHT LIKE IT!!!!

    July 12, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    how Iowans can vote for or support this crazy lady I'll never know. she is nuts really! With her 20%+ support I hope the other 80% are smarter than that!

    July 12, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Politicians & Americans are talking about jobs, deficit & economy while Palin is say "I can win", win what. Palin thinks that after all the "heavy lifting" is done she can just swoop right in & trash talk Obama & that's it. Furthermore, Palin is not like a Marine, they run to the battle to do the "heavy lifting" and not sit back and wait until it';s over, so stop insulting our brave. Palin needs to stay in her "Fox" hole, Americans need fighters and not deserters.

    July 12, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. chilidog99

    she's peaking.

    July 12, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. DarthKtar

    I will dance in the streets if Bachmann gets the nomination...will be a shoe in for Obama. In fact, I would love to see a Bachmann/Palin ticket. What a circus that would be!

    July 12, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. S. In California - Obama 2012

    It REALLY doesn't matter.

    July 12, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Eye of Newt

    Go Michelle, go!! Ride that wave of hate, bigotry, and ignorance all the way to the republican nomination!!!

    July 12, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be FacTually Accurate" Party

    Let`s not forget, this is a woman that will later brag about sitting on Foreign relations sub-committees.

    The person that claims to have signed a marital fidelity pledge WITHOUT reading it just to curry favor with these Iowa voters.

    This is the dtails -oriented "tax attorney" that maintained that the President spent $200M PER DAY on trips to India.

    Michele Bachmann always plays fast & loose with the facts.

    July 12, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. ric

    love her!! i think she would do a much better job than the complete failure that occupies the oval office currently.

    July 12, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Republican Robber Baron

    The angry uneducated mob that gets all their info from Blogs or Fox "News" – Facts are Optional – yet again hijacks the GOP agenda.

    July 12, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Fozzie

    It's official everyone, the Republican party has conceded the 2012 election.

    July 12, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |