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August 2nd, 2010

New TIR Battleground Polls recently commissioned two statewide polls in conjunction with Concordia Group LLC, an Iowa based public affairs company. The polls were conducted by Voter Consumer Research, a highly respected polling firm based in Washington D.C.

Over the next few weeks, will be releasing the results of the polls. All interviews were conducted via telephone with trained interviewers at Voter / Consumer Research’s phone center in Houston, Texas, between July 25th and July 28th. The general election poll has a sample size of 500, and a margin of error of 4.39%. The other poll surveyed 399 Republicans across the state and has a margin of error of 4.91%.

Below is a sampling of the questions that were asked in the polls.

Likelihood to Vote
Right Track/Wrong Track
Top Three Issues
Generic Ballot Test for Governor
Culver vs. Branstad Head-to-Head
Culver, Branstad, Vander Plaats Head-to-Head
Attorney General Head-to-Head
Secretary of State Head-to-Head
State Treasurer Head-to-Head
Retention of Supreme Court Justices
Marriage Amendment
Constitutional Convention
2012 Presidential Caucus Poll
2012 Presidential Head-to-Head

Poll Demographics

What are the chances that you will vote in the November elections this year?

Almost Certain – 72%
Very Likely – 18%
About 50/50 – 10%

In the last general election in which you voted, which of the following best describes how you voted for state and local offices like Governor and Senator?

Straight Democratic – 8%
Mostly Democratic – 21%
A few more Democrats than Republicans – 10%
About equally for both parties – 16%
A few more Republicans than Democrats – 9%
Mostly Republican – 19%
Straight Republican – 12%
Have not voted before – 1%
Don’t Know – 4%

Which of the following ranges includes your age?

18 to 24 – 4%
25 to 34 – 5%
35 to 44 – 15%
45 to 54 – 22%
55 to 64 – 30%
65 & Older – 25%

On political issues, do you consider yourself (ROTATE) a liberal, a moderate or a conservative?

Liberal -14%
Moderate – 39%
Conservative – 43%
Don’t Know – 3%
Refused – 1%

Which of the following income groups includes your TOTAL FAMILY INCOME last year, before taxes?

Under $10,000 – 2%
$10,000 to $20,000 – 7%
$20,000 to $30,000 – 6%
$30,000 to $40,000 – 14%
$40,000 to $50,000 – 12%
$50,000 to $75,000 – 16%
$75,000 to $100,000 – 13%
$100,000 and over – 17%
Don’t know – 3%
Refused -11%

Sex (By Observation)
Female – 53%
Male – 47%

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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