Republican Poll of Iowa Caucus Voters: Mike Huckabee Leads Romney, Palin
by Steven Ertelt
March 9, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With pro-life advocates longing for 2012 thanks to the extensive pro-abortion record of President Barack Obama, it’s never too early to think about the next election. In a survey of caucus voters in Iowa, the state that will kick off the battle for the Republican nomination, Mike Huckabee has the lead.
The polling results may not be much of a surprise considering Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, won a surprising victory in the Midwestern state in the 2008 race.
Right Way Marketing of Nashville conducted the poll for the Rightosphere web site.
It found 21 percent of likely Republican voters favor the pro-life Fox News show host.
Another 14 percent back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who campaigned as a pro-life candidate in 2008, and 12 percent support pro-life former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The poll had pro-life Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 1 percent, and a whopping 52 percent of Iowa Republicans were undecided — an indication of the clear lack of a frontrunner within the GOP heading towards the next presidential election.
Surprisingly, the poll only included those four candidates and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who may run a libertarian campaign in the mode of Ron Paul. It did not include Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, or current or former governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Jeb Bush of Florida, Rick Perry of Texas or Mitch Daniels of Indiana.
Looking at the new poll further, Huckabee had the backing of conservative Republicans — leading 21 percent to 12 percent each for Romney and Palin.
But moderates backed Romney with 23 percent compared to 8 percent for Huckabee and 3 percent for Palin.
Should Palin not run, Iowa Republicans split with 33 percent for Huckabee and 30 percent for Romney. And if Huckabee doesn’t run, Republicans back Romney with 31 percent and Palin with 22 percent.
Pawlenty gets 6 percent if Huckabee doesn’t run and 2 percent if Palin doesn’t run.
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