Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers
Please tell me if you would find each of the following candidates acceptable, acceptable but with reservations, or not acceptable as the Republican nominee for president: Mitt Romney?
Acceptable Acceptable with reservations Not acceptable Unsure
Row % Row % Row % Row %
Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers 50% 27% 21% 3%
Tea Party Supporters 46% 30% 23% 1%
Intensity of Tea Party Support Strongly support Tea Party 46% 26% 27% 1%
Support Tea Party 47% 32% 20% 1%
Does not support Tea Party 54% 25% 19% 3%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 62% 22% 14% 3%
Conservative 53% 29% 15% 3%
Very conservative 37% 28% 32% 2%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 62% 22% 14% 3%
Conservative-Very conservative 46% 29% 22% 3%
Past Participation** Yes 49% 26% 23% 2%
No 53% 27% 16% 4%
Top Tier Republican Candidates Mitt Romney 94% 6% 0% 0%
Ron Paul 36% 31% 32% 1%
Rick Santorum 25% 46% 28% 1%
Rick Perry 45% 28% 25% 1%
Newt Gingrich 54% 27% 19% 1%
Candidate Support Strongly support 50% 22% 27% 0%
Somewhat support 55% 30% 13% 2%
Might vote differently 54% 26% 19% 1%
Most Important Quality Shares your values 31% 33% 32% 4%
Is closest to you on the issues 52% 26% 21% 2%
Can beat President Obama in 2012 66% 22% 9% 3%
Has the experience to govern 60% 26% 13% 1%
Gender Men 55% 22% 21% 2%
Women 44% 33% 19% 4%
Age Under 45 51% 27% 19% 3%
45 or older 50% 27% 22% 2%
Region Eastern Cities 59% 27% 11% 3%
East Central 50% 22% 24% 3%
Central 45% 27% 25% 2%
West 50% 29% 18% 3%
Household Income Less than $75,000 49% 28% 21% 2%
$75,000 or more 58% 26% 14% 2%
Evangelical Christians 38% 33% 26% 3%
Tea Party-Conservative-Evangelical 33% 38% 27% 1%
Mormons are Christians Yes 60% 24% 14% 2%
No-Unsure 38% 30% 29% 3%
Education Not college graduate 49% 24% 25% 2%
College graduate 52% 31% 15% 2%
Interview Type Landline 51% 26% 21% 3%
Cell Phone 48% 30% 20% 2%
NBC News/Marist Poll Iowa Likely Republican Caucus-Goers. Interviews conducted December 27th and 28th, 2011, N=433 MOE +/- 4.7%. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.
**Past participation refers to previous participation in an Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus.