According to Revolution PAC – a political action committee set up to advance Ron Paul – the Texas Congressman and GOP Presidential candidate is the front runner in the Iowa caucus.
Revolution PAC reports:
Factoring in both Republican caucus-goers and disaffected Democrats and Independents who’ve indicated that they will participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, Ron Paul leads at 25%, with an approximate 4-point advantage over Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.
Mitt Romney comes in fourth place with 15 percent of the vote.
Indiana’s TeleResearch Corp, the company commissioned to perform the poll, surveyed 678 Likely Republican caucus voters plus 168 disaffected Democrats and Independents.
Considering only Republicans, Paul and Herman Cain tied for first at 22 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich at 21 percent and Mitt Romney at 17 percent.
The PAC adds:
The poll also reveals that more than 27% of all respondents – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – stated that an interventionist foreign policy is the greatest threat to long-term peace and national security.
But 36 percent of those polled cited Iran as the greatest threat to peace and national security.
Paul, calling sanctions on Iran an “act of war,” has suggested extending friendship to the Islamic Republic, and recently said “flawed” U.S. foreign policy is at least partly to blame for the terror attacks of 9/11.
His positions on foreign policy have drawn the ire of many conservatives and was the reason the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom booted him off their Advisory Board – a position he held for two decades.
Does the poll indicate that Republicans are ready to vote for a man whose foreign policy positions are to the left of Obama?
Alexander Burns wrote at Politico:
The big grains of salt here are the usual ones: It’s not a disinterested poll, it’s an out-of-state firm, it’s a robo-dialed survey and the Iowa caucuses are notoriously difficult to poll. Numbers like these are released when campaign groups want to use them to drive coverage, and Paul supporters are enthusiastic about the idea that Iowa may be a legitimate target for their candidate.
The poll is also intended to drive a point that Paul supporters have been making for some time: disgruntled non-Republicans could at least theoretically end up caucusing for a candidate like Paul.
A recent Bloomberg News poll shows Paul in a 4-way statistical dead heat with Cain, Gingrich and Romney.
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