Quinnipiac Poll: Walker Significantly Leading GOP Candidates in Iowa

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Feb 25, 2015 9:45 AM
Quinnipiac Poll: Walker Significantly Leading GOP Candidates in Iowa

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's profile continues to rise, so does his momentum with GOP voters all over the country in the 2016 race for the White House. Just yesterday a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey showed Walker neck-and-neck with Senator Ted Cruz in the Lone Star State and now a new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Walker leading other potential GOP nominees in Iowa by a significant margin.

An early look at likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows a strong conservative tilt as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent, twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters who identify as "very conservative" make up 45 percent of the caucus participants surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Tea Party supporters make up 32 percent of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33 percent of that Tea Party vote.

There is a horse race for second place, with 13 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11 percent each for Michigan physician Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and 10 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. No other candidate is above 5 percent and 9 percent are undecided.

Walker gets 13 percent when caucus participants name their second choice, with 11 percent for Bush and 9 percent each for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Paul.

In a combination of first and second choices, Walker tops the list with 37 percent, with 21 percent for Paul, 20 percent for Bush, 19 percent for Carson and 18 percent for Huckabee.

Although a lead in Iowa isn't necessarily an indication for victory around the rest of the country, Walker is putting up solid numbers outside, as well as inside, the Hawkeye State. 

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking the Republican political world by storm," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Peter A. Brown said in a statement. "He's gone from being unknown outside Wisconsin to the hot candidate, poised to become the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. Front-runner status would make it easier for Gov. Walker to raise money and recruit top talent for his staff, but it also puts a target on his back."

"Perhaps most impressive about Walker's numbers is that 57 percent view him favorably to only 7 percent who view him unfavorably - a heck of a first impression," Brown continued. 

Walker will be in Washington D.C. this week to address the Conservative Political Action Conference along with other potential GOP candidates.