Monday, January 30, 2006

Poll in the DM Register today

A poll conducted by the Des Moines Register shows some interesting results, discussed in an article that was published today.

The point that Thomas Beaumont and Jonathan Roos make in the article is that all of the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial candidates are not very well known.

So not all Iowans are political junkies, we're actually sort of a rarity.

John Deeth makes a good point in his blog here, where he notes that there are no benchmarks mentioned in the blog. He asks a very interesting question: how would other famous Iowans fare in a name recognition poll?

Political Forecast provides their assessment of the poll here. I would agree with Chris, the general public is not yet very tuned in to the race.

Here's my assessment. Of course, I'm looking at this with my Pro-Patty goggles, but two parts of the article stand out to me:

"Of those with opinions about the Democrats, 79 percent viewed Culver favorably and 21 percent unfavorably; for Judge, 76 percent had favorable opinions, 21 percent unfavorable; Blouin, 68 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable; and Fallon, 65 percent favorable and 35 percent unfavorable."

and

"Among those who do have an opinion now of the candidates, 66 percent viewed Nussle favorably, compared with 34 percent who view him unfavorably. Of those who know Vander Plaats, 65 percent see him favorably, compared with 35 percent unfavorably."

Clearly, Mom is one the best known candidates in the race, and has one of the best favorability ratings from people who know her.

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