Public Policy Polling recently reported poll numbers for the Iowa Republican Presidential race that show Ron Paul making gains in the contest.
Over the past week, a 9- point lead that was enjoyed by Newt Gingrich has slipped to just 1 point in the State, leaving him neck and neck with Paul at 22 percent to 21 percent. The other candidates are trailing behind the leaders with Mitt Romney at 16 percent, Michele Bachmann at 11 percent, Rick Perry at 9 percent, Rick Santorum at 8 percent, Jon Huntsman at 5 percent and Gary Johnson at 1 percent.
As Gingrich continues to drop in Iowa polls, the Paul campaign is gaining steam. Among the candidates, Paul is viewed most favorably by likely voters in Iowa with 61 percent saying they have a good opinion of the candidate. Gingrich was viewed favorably by 52 percent.
The polling indicates parallels between Paul’s strength in Iowa and Barack Obama’s in 2008. Paul continues to garner support from new voters, young voters and non-Republican voters.
The idea that the most important thing to likely primary voters is beating Obama in 2012 is challenged by the poll results, as 56 percent of those polled said that they are more concerned with picking a candidate whose positions they agree with than simply one who is able to defeat Obama.
A majority of the individuals polled (36 percent ) said that the biggest issue that would weigh on their vote was government spending and the reduction of debt, which is a major portion of the Paul platform.