Pawlenty’s popularity in Iowa registers at 1%, new poll says

Iowa voters apparently aren’t looking north for inspiration in the early days of the 2012 political season: A poll released today by the Iowa Republican — “News for Republicans, by Republicans” — puts Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a tie for sixth.

That may sound better than it seems because Pawlenty and South Dakota Sen. John Thune each had only 1 percent.

The good news for Pawlenty: 23 percent of those surveyed remain undecided.

The poll showed:

  • Mike Huckabee, 22 percent,
  • Mitt Romney, 18 percent
  • Newt Gingrich, 14 percent
  • Sarah Palin, 11 percent.
  • Ron Paul, 5 percent,
  • Pawlenty and Thune, 1 percent each
  • Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum did not surpass the 1 percent threshold.
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not register any support in the poll.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 08/16/2010 - 11:46 am.


    At least our Governor did not fall in the same trash bin as Santorum, Barbour, Perry, and other un-nameables & unmentionables!

    Let’s pack away “Pawlenty and Thune” for a future date. P & T has a ring to it like M & P (McCain and Palin.) What?! You mean we can do better?

  2. Submitted by scott cantor on 08/16/2010 - 11:50 am.

    As bleak as the picture looks now, imagine how low his numbers would be if he hadn’t spent the last several years with boot heal on the neck of Minnesota while burnishing his credentials as a right wing radical shill. Oh, also 1%? Well, ahem, that worked out really well for all of us.

  3. Submitted by Bo Darville on 08/16/2010 - 02:03 pm.

    The GOP nominee isn’t going to be Huckabee, Gingrich, Romney, Palin, or Paul. So, out of the people who have no chance in hades, he’s tied for first… albeit tied for first with a guy that’d mop the floor with him. Remember Bill Clinton? Where were his numbers at this point in 1990?

  4. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 08/16/2010 - 02:56 pm.

    @ # 3 : –

    To pick up on your prognostication, I want to suggest that the GOP nominee will be Bush … Jeb, that is.

    Oh, he will hem and haw for a while to all attempts to get him in the lineup. He may even coyly decline all offers and promises. But, at the most crucial and critical moment, he will be riding in on his white horse to deliver his party from ignominy. But, the Bush clan will have to start spending a pretty penny on public relations beginning now.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/16/2010 - 04:51 pm.

    It will be interesting to see how Jeb separates himself from his brother.

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