Tim Pawlenty hits near bottom in Iowa poll

A new poll by an Iowa website that calls itself a place for news about Republicans, by Republicans, finds Tim Pawlenty so low in the standings of presidential hopefuls that, to go any lower, his popularity would have to be described in terms of fractions.

Pawlenty scored just 1 percent support in the state with the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. That puts him in Ron Paul's basement, next to South Dakota Sen. John Thune, and a long long way from competing with the likes of Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, New Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Maybe denying Muslims the same rights as other Americans, jumping on the English-only bandwagon and gutting the 14th Amendment aren't winning gambits for Pawlenty in Iowa. At least not yet. But the 2012 campaign is young.

Here's the breakdown via The Iowa Republican:

  • Mike Huckabee, 22 percent
  • Mitt Romne, 18 percent
  • Newt Gingrich, 14 percent
  • Sarah Palin, 11 percent
  • Ron Paul, 5 percent,
  • Tim Pawlenty, 1 percent
  • John Thune, 1 percent

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Texas Gov. Rick Perry scored less than 1 percent. commissioned the poll in conjunction with Concordia Group LLC, an Iowa based public affairs company. The poll surveyed 399 Republican likely voters across the state and has a margin of error of 4.91%.

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