Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers
Which is more important to you:
The Republican nominee for president is a true conservative The Republican nominee for president can best debate President Obama Unsure
Row % Row % Row %
Iowa Likely Caucus-Goers 54% 39% 7%
Tea Party Supporters 62% 32% 6%
Intensity of Tea Party Support Strongly support Tea Party 68% 24% 8%
Support Tea Party 58% 38% 4%
Does not support Tea Party 45% 48% 7%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 37% 51% 12%
Conservative 55% 41% 4%
Very conservative 68% 26% 6%
Political Ideology Liberal-Moderate 37% 51% 12%
Conservative-Very conservative 61% 34% 5%
Past Participation** Yes 57% 35% 9%
No 49% 45% 6%
Top Tier Republican Candidates Mitt Romney 32% 59% 10%
Ron Paul 58% 35% 7%
Rick Santorum 78% 16% 6%
Rick Perry 73% 24% 3%
Newt Gingrich 33% 60% 7%
Candidate Support Strongly support 55% 38% 7%
Somewhat support 56% 40% 4%
Might vote differently 44% 46% 10%
Most Important Quality Shares your values 77% 19% 5%
Is closest to you on the issues 54% 39% 7%
Can beat President Obama in 2012 34% 59% 7%
Has the experience to govern 55% 38% 7%
Gender Men 56% 38% 6%
Women 51% 40% 9%
Age Under 45 58% 38% 4%
45 or older 52% 38% 10%
Region Eastern Cities 48% 46% 5%
East Central 58% 33% 10%
Central 55% 38% 7%
West 54% 38% 7%
Household Income Less than $75,000 57% 36% 7%
$75,000 or more 50% 45% 5%
Evangelical Christians 65% 28% 6%
Tea Party-Conservative-Evangelical 75% 21% 4%
Mormons are Christians Yes 50% 43% 7%
No-Unsure 60% 32% 7%
Education Not college graduate 57% 36% 7%
College graduate 49% 43% 8%
Interview Type Landline 51% 40% 8%
Cell Phone 63% 32% 5%
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.