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: Rick Santorum?
Acceptable Acceptable with reservations Not acceptable Unsure
Row % Row % Row % Row %
Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers 49% 22% 22% 7%
Tea Party Supporters 65% 17% 15% 3%
Intensity of Tea Party Support Strongly support Tea Party 78% 13% 7% 2%
Support Tea Party 55% 20% 21% 4%
Does not support Tea Party 37% 25% 29% 9%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 26% 28% 37% 9%
Conservative 51% 23% 19% 7%
Very conservative 66% 15% 14% 5%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 26% 28% 37% 9%
Conservative-Very conservative 58% 20% 17% 6%
Past Participation** Yes 55% 20% 19% 6%
No 37% 25% 28% 9%
Top Tier Republican Candidates Mitt Romney 34% 28% 32% 6%
Ron Paul 31% 25% 35% 9%
Rick Santorum 93% 7% 0% 0%
Rick Perry 54% 24% 17% 5%
Newt Gingrich 53% 23% 21% 3%
Candidate Support Strongly support 57% 16% 23% 3%
Somewhat support 46% 26% 22% 6%
Might vote differently 42% 32% 22% 5%
Most Important Quality Shares your values 60% 15% 15% 10%
Is closest to you on the issues 41% 21% 33% 5%
Can beat President Obama in 2012 49% 24% 21% 6%
Has the experience to govern 42% 32% 20% 7%
Gender Men 50% 23% 23% 4%
Women 48% 20% 20% 12%
Age Under 45 43% 27% 24% 6%
45 or older 53% 19% 21% 7%
Region Eastern Cities 45% 23% 24% 7%
East Central 46% 21% 27% 7%
Central 50% 19% 23% 7%
West 52% 26% 15% 8%
Household Income Less than $75,000 51% 22% 21% 7%
$75,000 or more 44% 27% 24% 5%
Evangelical Christians 61% 18% 14% 7%
Tea Party-Conservative-Evangelical 76% 13% 7% 4%
Mormons are Christians Yes 45% 25% 25% 5%
No-Unsure 53% 18% 20% 9%
Education Not college graduate 48% 20% 24% 8%
College graduate 52% 24% 19% 6%
Interview Type Landline 49% 20% 24% 8%
Cell Phone 48% 29% 17% 6%
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.