Someone is doing 2012 research in Iowa

A friend of mine in Des Moines, Iowa, got a phone call last night, testing out the names of potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates.  It was an automated survey and did not indicate who the sponsor of the call might be, "but it was quite apparent it was a GOP call," my friend reports. "…The survey started off by asking what I thought the most important issue facing America today might be, then rolled right into, 'Who would you vote for in the 2012 Presidential primary?' – offering choices of Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, Jindal, and JEB BUSH." (Her boldface type, not mine).

Next, the survey asked a question about Obama. She described it this way:"That particular question was (somewhat) as follows, 'Which one of the following phrases best describes President Obama? For good leader, press 1; for good President, press 2; for too party-centric, press 3; for too liberal, press 4; for Socialist, press 5; for bad President, press 6; for undecided, press 7'"

She was asked which candidate she had voted for in 2008 — and asked whether she intended to vote for a Republican presidential candidate in the 2012 election.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. They included Jeb Bush and left out Pawlenty and Romney? Sounds like the GOP is getting an early start on finding the most mediocre candidate they can.

  2. westernrepub says

    Not the GOP, WALTERC… the call is obviously from Bush’s camp or a fan of his – because he is the only one of the 5 who is not being seriously mentioned elsewhere. Someone is trying to gage whether he has any support in Iowa. The goal of the call… Bush vs. random other GOP possibilities – how does he fare? This isn’t a statement of preference from the GOP; it’s a statement of interest from Jeb Bush.

  3. The one I got did identify the company. ISC ? or something like that.
    Also there was an 7) undecided selection after Jeb Bush. I pressed that one becuse I’m not sure which one is best suited to further augering in the GOP.