McCain Trails Obama Among Iowa Republicans
The University of Iowa surveyed the state’s registered Republicans in anticipation of Friday’s straw poll. Among their findings:
McCain’s support has collapsed in Iowa. His support among registered Republicans dropped from 14.4 percent in March to 1.8 percent in July-August. UI political scientists note that McCain has been passed in popularity not only by former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., who earned 5.2 percent support, but also by a Democratic challenger, Obama, who is supported by 6.7 percent of Republicans. [emphasis mine]
Like Steve Benen, I find this astounding.
Granted, McCain has declined to campaign in Iowa thus far and other questions in the survey show he is being, as the poll’s director notes, “punished” for that decision. Still, there’s no way for McCain’s team to spin this as good news.