by Steven Ertelt
June 12, 2006
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — A new poll of Iowa Democrats finds voters in the nation’s first presidential caucus state favor john Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice-presidential candidate. Pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton comes in second while 2004 nominee John Kerry places third.
Conducted by the Des Moines Register newspaper, the poll finds 38 percent of Iowa Democrats back Edwards, who supports abortion, while 26 percent favor Clinton.
The two are far ahead of virtually all of the other potential 2008 contenders, including Kerry, a pro-abortion Massachusetts senator who received 12 percent in the poll.
Edwards was the runner up in the Iowa caucuses two years ago to Kerry and his strong showing there boosted his prospects and allowed him to finish behind Kerry among all Democrats. That showing eventually helped him secure a spot on the Democratic ticket.
Since the 2004 presidential election, Edwards has visited the state more than any other potential 2008 candidate. He’s heading back to Iowa today to campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Bruce Braley and pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver.
That will mark his fifth visit to Iowa this year and adds to his four stops in 2005.
Favorite son, pro-abortion Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, received just 10 percent in the poll and analysis told the Register newspaper they think that will hurt his chances.
University of North Carolina political science professor James Stimson said the results will cause Vilsack problems. He said the governor may have problems raising money if he’s seen as unable to fare well in his home state.
After Vilsack, other candidates barely registered in the poll with former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, Sen. Russ Feingold and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, all abortion advocates, getting three percent in the poll.
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Gen. Wesley Clark both registered at two percent.
Among Democrats, the poll found Edwards with a 83-11 percent favorable rating, Clinton with a 71-28 percent rating and Kerry with a 69-26 percent favorable rating.