First Scientific Poll of 2010 GOP Governor’s Race Has Vander Plaats Far Out in Front

DES MOINES – A scientific poll published today by website shows Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats leading his nearest competitor by more than a three-to-one margin in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary.

The poll, conducted by the Washington, D.C., polling group Voter Consumer Research, shows Vander Plaats with 46 percent support among registered GOP voters, following by 27 percent undecided, 14 percent for former House Speaker Christopher Rants of Sioux City, 3 percent for Cedar Rapids political novice Christian Fong, 3 percent for Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley of Corydon, 1 percent for state Rep. Rod Roberts of Carroll and 0.2 percent for state Sen. Jerry Behn of Boone. Five percent indicated support for another candidate or none of the candidates in the field.

The polling also shows Vander Plaats has the strongest favorability ratings among all the candidates and is the most recognized name in the field.

“Today’s poll of the GOP primary reflects what we’re seeing across the state – Bob Vander Plaats is clearly the favorite among Republicans to represent our party in next year’s election against Chet Culver,” said state Rep. Jodi Tymeson, who chairs Vander Plaats’ state committee. “As with any poll, we know it’s a snapshot in time and that there’s a lot of work to do between now and Election Day. But it’s when one candidate in a six-person field winds nearly half the support, it obvious who GOP voters want as their nominee.”

Voter Consumer Research was founded by Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, who was President George W. Bush’s primary pollster. Van Lohuizen has been retained by numerous political candidates, corporations, and various think tanks. The Republican primary sample polled 394 Republican voters on July 2 and July 5-6. Its margin of error is 5 percent.

Another part of the group’s statewide polling, release earlier this week, shows 53 percent of Iowans are ready to give someone else the opportunity to lead the state while only 36 percent believe Culver deserves to be re-elected. The general election sample consists of 500 Iowans and has a 3.7 percent margin of error.

“Far and away, Iowans recognize that Bob stands for their values and they know he’ll put a stop to the massive government spending increases that Chet Culver and legislative Democrats have thrown at us and working families are already starting to pay for,” Tymeson said. “They want Bob Vander Plaats because he’ll do the right things instead of saying one thing and then doing another, which has been the hallmark of the Culver administration. Iowans are clearly ready to elect a new governor next year. I’m convinced that person will be Bob Vander Plaats and today’s poll proves it.”

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