Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers
Which one of the following candidates do you think can best debate President Obama:
Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Michele Bachmann Rick Santorum Jon Huntsman Ron Paul Rick Perry None Undecided
Row % Row % Row % Row % Row % Row % Row % Row % Row %
Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers 37% 26% 4% 3% 1% 13% 7% 2% 7%
Tea Party Supporters 46% 21% 6% 5% 1% 11% 8% 0% 3%
Intensity of Tea Party Support Strongly support Tea Party 55% 14% 7% 7% 0% 6% 8% 0% 2%
Support Tea Party 39% 25% 5% 3% 1% 15% 8% 0% 4%
Does not support Tea Party 32% 31% 2% 2% 2% 13% 7% 2% 8%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 27% 30% 2% 1% 2% 18% 11% 3% 6%
Conservative 39% 29% 2% 2% 1% 12% 7% 1% 7%
Very conservative 45% 18% 7% 7% 0% 10% 5% 0% 7%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 27% 30% 2% 1% 2% 18% 11% 3% 6%
Conservative-Very conservative 41% 24% 4% 4% 1% 11% 6% 0% 7%
Past Participation** Yes 41% 26% 4% 4% 0% 11% 7% 1% 6%
No 32% 25% 3% 2% 3% 16% 8% 2% 10%
Top Tier Republican Candidates Mitt Romney 26% 64% 1% 0% 0% 3% 3% 0% 3%
Ron Paul 14% 18% 1% 0% 1% 51% 6% 3% 5%
Rick Santorum 56% 13% 2% 19% 0% 4% 1% 0% 5%
Rick Perry 31% 20% 5% 2% 0% 2% 31% 1% 6%
Newt Gingrich 89% 5% 1% 0% 0% 1% 3% 0% 2%
Candidate Support Strongly support 35% 26% 5% 6% 2% 16% 6% 1% 3%
Somewhat support 39% 28% 2% 2% 1% 12% 11% 1% 3%
Might vote differently 42% 35% 4% 1% 0% 6% 7% 0% 5%
Most Important Quality Shares your values 39% 19% 4% 4% 0% 13% 10% 2% 9%
Is closest to you on the issues 30% 25% 6% 3% 1% 23% 7% 0% 4%
Can beat President Obama in 2012 40% 35% 4% 4% 0% 5% 5% 0% 7%
Has the experience to govern 38% 26% 0% 2% 4% 13% 8% 2% 6%
Gender Men 41% 25% 3% 2% 1% 15% 7% 1% 4%
Women 31% 27% 4% 5% 2% 10% 8% 2% 11%
Age Under 45 31% 28% 3% 2% 2% 17% 10% 1% 6%
45 or older 42% 23% 4% 4% 1% 11% 6% 1% 7%
Region Eastern Cities 35% 33% 4% 2% 3% 15% 6% 0% 4%
East Central 42% 21% 2% 3% 0% 11% 11% 2% 8%
Central 35% 30% 3% 4% 1% 12% 7% 2% 7%
West 38% 18% 6% 4% 1% 14% 7% 2% 10%
Household Income Less than $75,000 35% 25% 4% 2% 1% 13% 11% 1% 7%
$75,000 or more 39% 30% 2% 3% 1% 14% 4% 2% 4%
Evangelical Christians 39% 21% 4% 7% 0% 11% 9% 0% 8%
Tea Party-Conservative-Evangelical 46% 18% 6% 9% 0% 5% 12% 0% 3%
Mormons are Christians Yes 34% 32% 4% 2% 1% 12% 8% 1% 4%
No-Unsure 42% 17% 3% 4% 1% 13% 8% 2% 10%
Education Not college graduate 34% 24% 4% 4% 1% 15% 8% 2% 8%
College graduate 42% 27% 2% 3% 2% 10% 6% 1% 6%
Interview Type Landline 38% 27% 4% 3% 1% 11% 6% 2% 8%
Cell Phone 33% 20% 2% 3% 3% 18% 13% 1% 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.