by Steven Ertelt
November 21, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — A new ABC News/Washington Post poll of likely Republican caucus-goers finds pro-abortion ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani falling to fourth while former governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee lead the field. The survey also shows that 75 percent of Republicans in Iowa want all or most abortions made illegal.
According to the poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the field with the support of 28 percent of Republicans, up two percent from a similar July survey.
Huckabee’s support in Iowa has gone from 8 percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll in late July to 24 percent now. Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator who recently received National Right to Life’s endorsement, edged up two percent to 15 percent overall.
However, Giuliani, who leads the field nationally and is widely considered the front-runner, has fallen to fourth with the backing of just 13 percent of Republicans.
Giuliani has placed third or fourth in Iowa in all six of the most recent surveys of GOP voters in Iowa.
The poll also queried Republican voters on the issue of abortion and found that 75 percent say abortions should be illegal all (24%) or most (51%) of the time. Only 23 percent support legal abortions most (17%) or all (6%) of the time.
Among all issues Republican voters cite as the most important, abortion is the fourth highest and moral and family values came in seventh.
When it comes to the candidate voters trust most to handle social issues, Huckabee leads with the support of 28 percent, Romney has 25 percent, Thompson 16 percent and Giuliani is fourth with only 11 percent.
Among Iowa Republicans who take the most strongly pro-life view, saying it should be illegal in all cases, Huckabee leads Romney by 36-22 percent.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Nov. 14-18, 2007, among a random sample of 400 Iowan adults likely to vote in the 2008 Republican presidential caucus. The results have a 5-point error margin.