Romney Leads In New Iowa Poll

Previous polls of likely Iowa caucus goers had Michelle Bachmann, and then Rick Perry in the lead but a new poll from American Research Group has some very interesting results:

  • Mitt Romney — 21% (up three points from July 2011 ARG poll)
  • Michele Bachmann — 15% (down six points from July 2011 ARG poll)
  • Rick Perry — 14%
  • Ron Paul — 12%
  • Newt Gingrich — 8%
  • Herman Cain — 6%
  • Sarah Palin — 4%
  • All other candidates at 2% or less

Among the more interesting results from the difference in candidate support levels depending on whether the respondent is a Tea Party supporter:

Assuming this isn’t an outlier poll result, this is pretty surprising. Romney hasn’t been spending nearly as much time in Iowa as Bachmann has, and one would have thought that Perry would be more palatable to the conservative GOP base in that state. Partly, the result may simply be due to the fact that Iowa voters are more familiar with Romney thanks to his run in 2008. In any case, conventional wisdom was that Romney wasn’t going to expend serious resources in Iowa and let Bachmann, Perry, and the others fight it out there. Results like this may change that calculation. Moreover, if Romney somehow manages to win the Iowa Caucuses, or make a close race of it at least, and then follow that up with a win in New Hampshire, he’s going get a significant boost of momentum going right out of the gate.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. PD Shaw says:

    I still think the over/under for Romney is the 25% of the votes he got in Iowa in 2008.

    He improves if there is no Huckabee in the field, galvanizing a segment to vote (evangelicals) that hadn’t voted in such numbers before.

    He does worse if his previous support base has soured on him as a result of Obamacare.

  2. Jack Reylan says:

    What do LBJ, GWB, RIck Perry and Ron Paul have in common? Texas, an oversized state with extreme, unstable weather and extreme, unstable people, with the highest violent crime rate. Both LBJ and GWB wrecked the economy seeking both guns and butter. And Clinton is one of their neighbors, too. We were told in 2000 we had to take GWB because southerners were more conservative. He wasn’t. They are just louder and unreliable bulls in the china shop.