The latest Public Policy Polling poll of Iowa Republicans shows GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty need to make up some ground if they hope to have a favorable showing at the Iowa caucuses.
The poll found that Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, is leading the 2012 field. He’s followed by Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.
Bachmann and Ron Paul both received support from six percent of those polled. Pawlenty received support from five percent.
One interesting note: Pawlenty appears to be sucking up some of Donald Trump’s support. Pawlenty’s support picked up two percentage points when Trump’s name was taken off of the poll. In fact, pollster Tom Jensen characterized Pawlenty as one of the “winners” in the poll because he picked up some ground from a January poll.
“If there’s a ‘winner’ in this poll it’s Tim Pawlenty who’s up to 7% from 4%, suggesting that he’s slowly gaining steam and if there’s a ‘loser’ it’s Sarah Palin, who’s down to 12% from 15%.”
Support for Bachmann jumps to its highest levels if Trump, Huckabee and Palin aren’t in the race. 15 percent of those polled indicate they would support Bachmann if that were the case.
Side note: Nearly half (48%) of those polled in Iowa don’t think President Obama was born in the United States.
Read an analysis of the poll here.
Read the poll here.