PPP's new Iowa poll finds Donald Trump continuing to lead in the state with 24% to 17% for Ben Carson, and 13% for Carly Fiorina. In single digits but getting decent levels of support are Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio at 8%, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee at 6%, the now departed Scott Walker at 5%, and Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul at 4%. Rounding out the field are John Kasich at 2%, Chris Christie and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, and George Pataki all at less than 1%.
Trump's recent comments about President Obama waging a war on Christianity don't hurt him much with the GOP base. 69% agree with the sentiment that the President has waged a war on Christianity, with only 17% disagreeing. Trump's probably not hurting himself too much with his negativity toward Muslims either- only 49% of Republicans think the religion of Islam should even be legal in the United States with 30% saying it shouldn't be and 21% not sure. Among Trump voters there is almost even division with 38% thinking Islam should be allowed and 36% that it should not.
Not everything Trump's said recently goes over well in Iowa. 59% of GOP voters think his comments about Carly Fiorina's appearance are inappropriate to only 13% who think they're alright. And 49% think his comments about Columba Bush are inappropriate to only 22% who think they're alright. But all things considered Trump is in as good or a better position than he was when we polled Iowa right after the first debate. His 24% standing is up from 19%, and his 48/38 favorability rating is slightly better than its 46/40 standing in August.
Ben Carson is by far and away the most well liked of the Republican candidates in Iowa. 77% view him favorably to only 11% with an unfavorable opinion, with the next most popular GOP hopeful having only a 62% favorability. He has just continued to get more popular after posting a 69/10 favorability last month, and his support for the nomination is up from 12% to 17%.
The second most broadly liked of the Republican hopefuls is Carly Fiorina, who has a 62/15 favorability rating. In addition to moving into third place overall, she is also the most frequent second choice of GOP voters with 16% picking her to 14% for Carson with no one else in double digits. Fiorina's rise comes even as most Republicans aren't really sure what to make of her performance at Hewlett Packard- 46% say they have no opinion about whether she did a good or bad job running the company, with 42% saying she did a good job and 12% a bad one.
Other notes from Iowa: