Iowa caucus entrance polls: Electability tops the list
January 3rd, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Iowa caucus entrance polls: Electability tops the list

Four years ago, Republican caucus-goers were looking for a candidate they could believe in: 45% said their top priority was a candidate who shared their values. Just 7% said electability was their main concern.

This time around, that last-place factor is the biggest motivator for caucus-goers: 32% tonight said the most important quality in a candidate was the ability to beat President Obama this fall. But they haven't completely abandoned purity for pragmatism: 24% said their biggest priority was picking a true conservative.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Perk

    Impressive count on the votes and fairness for the people of Iowa.They did a great job for democracy !

    January 4, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  2. Margaret Nacke

    During the debates, when a serious question is asked, facilitators allow the debaters to ignore the question and continue on a "personal stump." Example: How many times Bachman, instead of answering a question, said: "i am running for president of the United States." Sure, so was everyone else on the stage. The American people have a right to know the thinking of a candidate. PLEASE hold candidates to ANSWERING the questions posed.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  3. Bert Snyder

    IOWA–what a waste of money and time. I guess the media love it as they don't actually have to work–just repeat hour after hour the same crap. More people sat in the Rose Bowl yesterday than voted in this worthless piece of garbage. Perhaps someday-American media will actually do some journalistic work–but don't count on it.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm |