Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers
Which one of the following qualities is most important to you in deciding who to support for the Republican presidential nomination? A candidate who:
Shares your values Is closest to you on the issues Can beat President Obama in 2012 Has the experience to govern Unsure
Row % Row % Row % Row % Row %
Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers 30% 23% 28% 15% 4%
Tea Party Supporters 33% 19% 36% 8% 4%
Intensity of Tea Party Support Strongly support Tea Party 40% 15% 36% 7% 2%
Support Tea Party 28% 22% 36% 9% 5%
Does not support Tea Party 28% 27% 21% 21% 3%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 23% 28% 18% 26% 5%
Conservative 26% 21% 34% 15% 3%
Very conservative 42% 21% 29% 6% 3%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 23% 28% 18% 26% 5%
Conservative-Very conservative 33% 21% 32% 11% 3%
Past Participation** Yes 32% 21% 28% 15% 4%
No 26% 26% 28% 16% 4%
Top Tier Republican Candidates Mitt Romney 15% 23% 42% 20% 1%
Ron Paul 31% 38% 13% 16% 2%
Rick Santorum 52% 15% 21% 10% 1%
Rick Perry 35% 18% 32% 10% 4%
Newt Gingrich 20% 14% 38% 22% 6%
Candidate Support Strongly support 31% 27% 27% 13% 2%
Somewhat support 28% 23% 29% 16% 4%
Might vote differently 30% 16% 26% 26% 3%
Gender Men 30% 24% 27% 16% 3%
Women 30% 22% 29% 14% 4%
Age Under 45 33% 23% 25% 16% 3%
45 or older 30% 23% 29% 15% 3%
Region Eastern Cities 29% 21% 30% 16% 4%
East Central 34% 24% 28% 11% 2%
Central 30% 23% 24% 18% 5%
West 28% 22% 32% 15% 3%
Household Income Less than $75,000 30% 22% 30% 15% 3%
$75,000 or more 27% 27% 24% 20% 1%
Evangelical Christians 41% 21% 25% 11% 2%
Tea Party-Conservative-Evangelical 47% 16% 32% 3% 3%
Mormons are Christians Yes 24% 24% 31% 18% 3%
No-Unsure 38% 22% 23% 12% 5%
Education Not college graduate 31% 25% 26% 14% 5%
College graduate 29% 21% 30% 18% 2%
Interview Type Landline 29% 23% 30% 14% 4%
Cell Phone 35% 22% 20% 20% 3%
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.