Poll: Palin, Romney Take Lead Among Iowa Conservatives As Early Race Tightens
Poll: Palin, Romney Take Lead Among Iowa
Conservatives As Early Race Tightens
MAXWELL, Iowa - Sarah Palin and recently announced candidate Mitt Romney vaulted to the top of the G.O.P. presidential field, according to a new poll of Iowa conservatives. The poll, conducted by the 2012 Iowa Report, finds Palin and Romney sharing the lead with 19% support, followed closely by Herman Cain (15%) and Michele Bachmann (12%).
Romney's announcement of his campaign and high national profile seems to be resonating with Iowa conservatives, who moved him from single digits to the front of the pack in just one week. Palin, who continued to grab headlines even as Romney was announcing his candidacy, is showing staying power in the Hawkeye State even though she has not declared her candidacy.
For the first time, Herman Cain did not lead the Iowa Report poll, perhaps due to higher profile names grabbing the headlines. Still, he finished second among likely caucus goers. Other key findings:
--Likely caucus goers are very divided with no individual getting more than 16% of the vote and 30% now saying they are "not sure" who will ultimately win.
--Ron Paul finished third among likely caucus goers at 15%.
--Michele Bachmann steadied her support among Iowa conservatives, but trails Palin for the second consecutive week.
The 2012 Iowa Report Poll, a project of Grassfire Nation, is a special survey of Iowa conservatives conducted weekly to help measure where Iowa conservatives stand on the 2012 Republican presidential field. Go here to access full poll results. For more information, please contact Communications Director Ron De Jong at email@example.com. Members of the media: to sign up to receive future releases, go here.