Poll: Romney Surge in Iowa!

MMM reader Sean emails us the following:

You wouldn’t know it from the title of this article, but this is a major news item on Romney’s progress with voters.

The latest poll out of Iowa is even more stunning than the recent one in Iowa. From Dec. 2006 until Feb. 2007, John McCain has gone from 26% to 27% support (+1), Rudy Giuliani has dropped from 28% to 20% (-8), and Mitt Romney has gone from -
get this - 6% to 20% support among likely voters (+14). He’s now tied with Giuliani and moving on McCain in Iowa, during a period in which arguably he has been the most attacked among all Republican candidates.

The link is here

Romney meeting with business leaders in Iowa last week.

If Romney can maintain his existing support and keep adding to it, he
looks to make things pretty competitive in the coming presidential race.
that is some Iowa surge.

ADDENDUM by Jeff Fuller:

Justin beat me to it on this one. But here’s some additional info:

I still think it’s WAY too early to read much into these polls (since they’re still largely about name recognition at this point), but the Mitt-ster made significant strides among Iowans in the poll done this last week:

Polling Data

If the 2008 Republican presidential caucus were being held today, for whom would you vote?

Feb. 2007

Dec. 2006

John McCain

27%

26%

Rudy Giuliani

20%

28%

Mitt Romney

20%

6%

Newt Gingrich

11%

18%

Chuck Hagel

4%

6%

Mike Huckabee

1%

1%

Sam Brownback

1%

1%

Tom Tancredo

1%

-

Undecided

15%

14%

It’s actually funny to go to the link and read their headline. The only real big movement (i.e. “new News”) on either side of the aisle is Romney’s HUGE jump (FOURTEEN PERCENTAGE POINTS IN 2 MONTHS). I thought it deserved a headline and so gave it one here.

These new Iowa Figures match up quite well from the recent figures out of New Hampshire:

Sample Dates: January 31 - February 1, 2007. Sample Size: 600 completed telephone interviews among a random sample of likely Republican primary voters living in New Hampshire (427 Republicans and 173 undeclared (independent) voters):

New Hampshire
Likely Republican Primary Voters Dec 2006 Jan 2007

Brownback - 1%
Gilmore 1% -
Giuliani 25% 20%
Gingrich 14% 11%
Hagel 2% 4%
Huckabee 1% 1%
Hunter - -
McCain 29% 27%
Pataki 2% -
Paul
-
Romney 9% 20%
Tancredo
1%
Thompson - -
Undecided 17% 15%

However, recent polling in Michigan and in South Carolina have Romney still far behind . . . and this other poll from Iowa has Romney improving . . . but not to 20% . . .

It is nonetheless undeniable that Romney has consistantly been the candidate picking up the most steam in all these polls. I’ve been following these cold-call polls for nearly a year . . . and I’m glad to see the days of Romney being 1-2% are long gone. He’s building a strong team and he’s getting his message out in the earliest states well. Look for this momentum to continue to build and for his polling to keep improving as well (though there may be a dip or two in the next few weeks as a normal “correction factor” following this big of a statistical bump.)

Romney Ties Rudy in New Hampshire

Hat Tip to HeavyM at Race42008 (HeavyM also put together the following chart.) The latest ARG poll shows these numbers:

McCain 27% (29)
Rudy 20% (25)
Romney 20% (9)
Gingrich 11% (14)
All others - below 1%
Undecided 21% (17)
(Numbers in Parenthesis are Dec. Poll Numbers)

What’s intersting is that Romney shot up 11 percent while Guiliani loosing 5, McCain loosing 2 and Gingrich loosing 3 (total of 10 between the 3). Romney seems to draw evenly from all three. Most impressively is this is done with a few small meeting and not much else. Wait till the debates get going an Romney starts hitting the PR mode of his campaign.

Prediction: If Romney keeps this surge up for the next year, by next January he will be at 152% Way to go Romney!!

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