Lowans still looking for outstanding GOP contender ahead of Caucuses: Poll

April 30th, 2011 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Months ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, a University of Iowa Hawkeye poll has suggested that one-quarter of Lowans (26 percent) would choose “someone else” if they are asked to pick one among the potential GOP contenders.

While eleven percent was not sure whom they would pick, 16 percent said they would choose Mike Huckabee, 15 percent would choose Mitt Romney, and ten percent would choose Sarah Palin.

Tim Pawlenty pulled in five percent support, followed by Newt Gingrich with four percent, Michelle Bachmann with three percent, and Ron Paul with two percent.

“It’s possible Iowans aren’t wowed by the field at this early stage in the game, but it’s also possible that they are simply waiting to learn more about the candidates’ policy positions before picking a favourite,” Nathan Darus, a UI doctoral student and a member of the Hawkeye Poll Cooperative, said.

While the Iowa results echoed national sentiments about the GOP field, the Hawkeye poll showed that one-third of Americans (32 percent) would pick “someone else” if their state’s primaries or caucuses were held today.

Romney had the edge nationally, with 13 percent of respondents, and Huckabee and Paul pulled in nine percent and eight percent, respectively. Five percent picked Palin, four percent picked Gingrich, and three percent picked Pawlenty.

The options given in the survey list, including GOP candidates, included: Bachmann, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney, “someone else,” and “don’t know.” (ANI)

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