Iowa Republicans have been clamoring to see primary polling results this spring. Now it seems like we are beginning to be inundated with primary poll when the only poll that really matters is just hours away.
The Des Moines Register released the results form its Iowa Poll last night. The poll shows former Governor Terry Branstad with a commanding lead over his two opponents. Branstad garnered 57%, while Bob Vander Plaats had 29%, and Rod Roberts received 8%.
Branstad’s strength in the polls is amazing considering that a Democratic group called, Iowans for Responsible Government, have spent over a half a million dollars attacking him in the final month of the campaign.
Some Vander Plaats supporters were quick to dismiss the polling results because they came from the Des Moines Register. While the content of the paper is at time questionable, its Iowa Poll has proven to be very reliable.
Selzer & Company of Des Moines, who has conducted the polls for the Register for years, conducted the poll. In the last Iowa Poll before the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, the poll showed Mike Huckabee finishing ahead of Mitt Romney by a significant margin. Selzer also predicted that Barack Obama would win the caucuses.
You can read the Register’s Iowa Poll by clicking here.
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