Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support
January 1st, 2012
08:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support

(CNN) - Despite a last place finish in a key poll two days before the Iowa caucuses, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann vowed Sunday that her supporters will carry her through Tuesday and beyond in the primary and caucus calendar.

Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll in August, came in at 7% in the Des Moines Register poll published Saturday night, behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

In an interview Sunday with Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room," the congresswoman said she has seen large and "charged" crowds at recent campaign stops, adding that poll numbers have not been a strong measure of enthusiasm.

She also argued that the nature of the caucuses makes them unpredictable.

"About 40 to 45% of the people in Iowa haven't made up their minds, we don't know who will come to the caucuses [or] who won't." she said on CNN. "You can take poll tests, but everything that matters is who shows up and who do they support."

Bachmann has traveled heavily across the state, and she has repeatedly said Iowans "are going to see a miracle" when the caucuses are over.

Her campaign confirmed to CNN that she'll head to South Carolina before continuing on to New Hampshire after the caucuses on Tuesday, suggesting she considers a strong showing in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary important to her political future.

On Sunday, Bachmann also reiterated her hope to become "America's iron lady," saying she's the only one with the resolve to carry on "Reagan's legacy" and be "America's Margaret Thatcher."

- CNN's Josh Levs contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    Good idea, Bachman. Try Canada or Mexico! Or go home and help your husband turn gay people straight!

    January 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    What do you expect from crazy?

    January 1, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Omni

    The best part of this is that she won't be in congress anymore.

    January 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Canada1

    ....we don't want her in here in Canada., you can keep her.

    January 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"This Week," she said she has seen crowds at recent stops, and "a lot of that isn't yet reflected in the polls."◄

    What crowd??? The last big crowd she had was in August and then it was downhill since. Her workers are quitting and she looks desperate now. Why would she continue after Iowa – her 15 minutes are up and she should go home. She doesn't even have enough people following her to offer to another candidate; they all have dispersed.

    Please, who's even still donating to Bachmann campaign???
    No one is left in her favor and NO ONE is popping the champagne
    She's Done and there is no reason for her to hang around
    She hurts the party MORE when she refuses to back down

    Obama 2012 – Happy New Year!!

    January 1, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Oh no! Doesn't she have a day job to keep her occupied?

    January 1, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. gary

    What a waste of money. People should donate their money to help people in need, rather then throw it away on someone who has no chance of winning anything.

    January 1, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. pete

    Inept, and delusional. The whole TeaParty package.

    January 1, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Logic in LA

    Of course she will continue. She is as out of touch with the reality of politics as she is that of America

    January 1, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Peter

    She will be the irrelevant candidate who goes through all of the primaries and picks up maybe 10 delegates. Wait, she already is irrelevant...

    January 1, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Bob

    When is she going to realize that no one likes her.

    January 1, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. tony

    The UK is still staggering under the long term economic disaster caused by Maggie Thatcher and her love of supposedly "trickle down" Reaganomics.

    January 1, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. jimatmadison

    Just like Palin, Trump, Perry, and Cain – the more these clowns talk, the less people like, trust, or respect them.

    January 1, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. bee

    Just goes to show ya,Bachman, Hypocracy, gaffes,extremism,and lies, will get you a ticket back home. You were doomed the minute you came to peoples attention!! Go home to your miracle cure hubby. Your like a high school drop out,applying at Harvard??

    January 1, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. JimAR

    She's just hanging in there for the matching federal campaign funds. She and her husband only know how to live off federal funding, like the federal taxpayers' money they take to run their "pray away the gay' treatment center.

    January 1, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. dina

    Don't come back to Minnesota.Stay in Iowa if they love you so much there.

    January 1, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    Maybe with any luck she'll change her mind. So very tired of her!

    January 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And what makes her think the Koch brothers are going to keep flushing money down her campaign after she tanks on Tuesday?

    January 1, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Oldie in TampaBay

    Pack it in Michele .. go back to Minnesota. Time to turn the grandstand over to another of the parade entrants.

    January 1, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Is that a threat ?

    Maybe it's another GOP pledge to keep Lawrence Welk on the air .

    January 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |