Jindal slips in Iowa GOP polls
DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Bobby Jindal's numbers slipped among Iowa Republicans according to a new poll of likely voters one year away from the presidential caucuses.
Fewer respondents said they were favorable of Jindal today than when the previous poll was taken in October, 39 percent today to 41 percent last year. Jindal polled at 2 percent when asked for respondents' first choice in a candidate, and 2 percent when asked for their second choice.
Jindal's numbers did jump in one category. More respondents said they had an unfavorable view of Jindal, 20 percent, than the October poll where he had a 14 percent unfavorable rating.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin led the field with 16 percent picking him as their first choice, followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 15 percent. Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney polled in third place, even though he recently announced he would not run for president in 2016.
When asked about candidates' ideologies, respondents said they found former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee most favorable at 66 percent, followed by Paul and former Texas governor Rick Perry. Jindal polled at 39 percent favorable, with 41 percent of respondents saying they didn't know enough about his views.
Among those polled, 6 percent said it was more important to vote with someone who represented their views while 36 percent said winning the White House was more important.
Jindal has not officially declared he is running for president, but has taken several actions to set up a possible campaign. A Jindal supporter recently formed a super PAC to help pay for a potential presidential campaign and the governor visited Iowa in early January to meet with politically-active conservative religious leaders. Jindal also took time during a trip to Europe last month to give a foreign policy speech in London which was widely panned for spreading misinformation about followers of Islam in European countries.
The political statistics blog Five Thirty-Eight predicted Jindal would not wind up running for president, noting his name has been left out of several recent national polls of likely candidates and that he had cut back on more trips to New Hampshire and Iowa.
The poll was conducted by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics. The first presidential caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 1, 2016.