CNN Iowa Poll: Trumps Leads, Carson Surges, Walker Falls

Establishment Republicans continue to struggle in all polls and this newest one from CNN is no exception. CNN recaps:

Donald Trump has a significant lead in the race to win over likely Iowa caucus-goers, according to the first CNN/ORC poll in the state this cycle. Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He’s most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson follows Trump in overall preference with 14%, bumping Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who had held the top spot in most recent public polling in Iowa, down to third place with 9%. Walker is nearly even with a slew of other candidates. Previous public polls had found Carson with around 10% support, but most were released before last week’s debate. A Suffolk University poll of Iowa Republicans released Tuesday found Carson’s closing remarks to be the most memorable moment for those who watched the prime time debate.

Obviously Trump’s widely denounced attack on Megyn Kelly has had little effect on his polling.

  • Peter Wde

    Good to see Fiorina getting traction, excellent performance at the debate.

    • LovesIrony

      poor performance at HP though

      • Peter Wde

        Is that a disqualifier?

        • LovesIrony

          if she running on her business acumen it is. and that really is all she’s got isn’t it?

          • Peter Wde

            She only ever worked at HP?

          • GunnaHurt

            pretty much, yes. that’s her one real leadership role. And she turned them from a powerhouse to a tiny little company that does very little.

          • LovesIrony

            What else on her resume pete?

          • Peter Wde

            Guess it must be just HP.

          • Reality.Bites

            She could run on the size of her penis, but she doesn’t have one of those either.

        • GunnaHurt

          she’s another clueless, selfish, obnoxious plutocrat without any real political know-how but a long history of putting people out of work. She’s Mitt Romney. With bad hair.

          • Peter Wde

            Mitt Romney is a very successful businessman.

          • GunnaHurt

            Mitt Romney is a grifter who made his hundreds of millions by ripping off the companies that came to his company for “help.” He made his money by taking investments, getting paid huge amounts to bankrupt the companies he was supposed to fix and left hundreds of thousands unemployed in his wake. The only jobs he “created” are in China. He’s very successful… unlike her… but he’s not a leader. He’s a leech.

          • Peter Wde

            You mean saved those companies from going totally under.

          • GunnaHurt

            No, that’s not what he did. Many of those places no longer exist but he sure got rich helping it happen.

          • Peter Wde

            Actually it is what he did and he deserved to be handsomely rewarded for it.

          • GunnaHurt

            No, he didn’t. And in the end… that’s not the kind of “fuck you, I’m rich, go to the poor house” leadership a country needs.

          • MattM

            But it’s the kind Peter and the other house faggots want. It’s like their daddies are finally giving them the time of day.

          • GunnaHurt

            is he even gay? He sounds like a troll poking at people.

          • MattM

            Good point. Jimmy Lasalvia already has a disqus profile.

          • Peter Wde

            Is that a requirement?

          • GunnaHurt

            not exactly, but when a straight republican comes to a gay news blog to argue, it does… seem a bit off doesn’t it?

          • Peter Wde

            Where did I say I was a Republican?

          • stevenj

            All of your responses are Republican bullcrap talking points.

          • Peter Wde

            Q.E.D. then…I guess.

          • stevenj

            Why would sexual orientation be a requirement to comment on this site? When you are asked why you think Obama has been a disaster and you offer nothing then I call Bullcrap. When you point out that the Repubs have won 31 state houses and a majority in the House (and that they must be doing something right) and I ask you what have they accomplished beyond that and you cannot answer I call Bullcrap. The least you can do is offer something to back up your Tea Party statements.

          • Peter Wde

            You forgot the Senate, GOP majority there too.

          • Peter Wde

            Not a fan then.

          • GunnaHurt

            neither were the majority of voters last time.

          • LovesIrony

            karl rove hasn’t conceded ohio yet

          • TommyTune

            No, he scavenged their carcasses after he liquidated their assets and lined his pockets with all the gold, then deposited the loot in offshore accounts where he wouldn’t have to pay American taxes. Yeah, he’s quite the patriot.

          • Peter Wde

            You forgot made them profitable companies again.

          • GunnaHurt

            No, he didn’t. Honestly, where are you reading this? That’s totally made up.

          • Peter Wde

            Just my own reading, must be misinformed I guess.

          • Octavio

            Oh, dear, you truly are a troll.

            During Fiorina’s tenure as an executive at Lucent, she was “moved” from her post in charge of a technology venture with Philips Tech Communications after a poor performance of $5 hundred million being lost on an originally secure $2.5 billion revenue feed. The cause? Mismanagement, poor decision making, and the unique ability to piss off everyone around her. In her personal vitae she explains her stepping down as the executive of that venture as “moving on for personal growth.” LOL!

            When she first joined HP she laid off more than 30,000 US employees, rescinded profit sharing and replacing it with bonuses based solely on financial performance, and eliminated the nurturing of employees — all of these “small” things had been hallmarks of working for a good company where everyone had a role in the company’s success which translated into an individual employee’s success. Fiorina, like Romney, is a slash-and-burn type of executive interested only in short-term gains. She has repeatedly shown that she’s sought profits in the short-term over company-wide stability. Hmm . . . yeah. She’s special.

            She proposed the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers for $14 billion. Wall Street frowned upon the idea causing HP’s board to reconsider — against Fiorina’s insistence. Luckily, HP missed that bullet. Two months later after the Dot.com bubble burst PwC’s technology services were sold for just under $4 billion. HP could hardly survive keeping Fiorina in charge of watering the plants in corp. headquarters foyer.

            When HP requested Fiorina’s reassignment to another part of the company because of internal strife and across-the-board financial losses (look it up) she refused. A month later HP’s board brought back former board director Tony Perkins who summarily relieved Fiorina of all duties. HP’s stock immediately jumped up $3 billion in value — simply because she no longer had any influence over the corporate culture.

            The only real success Fiorina has had is saving her ass with one of the largest golden parachute deals in corporate history. She’s got hers. Damn anyone else.

            Yup. She’d make a fun POTUS, taking us back to the era when George W. was deluded into thinking that selling off all of the USA’s shipping ports to foreign interests was supposedly a “good” idea. Oy vey!

          • Peter Wde

            Not such a good CEO after all then.

            All I said was she put in a good showing at the GOP debate, which she did.

          • Octavio

            You wrote, and this is a verbatim cut-and-paste, “You mean saved those companies from completely going under.” and “You forgot, made them profitable companies again.”

            Sorry, cup cake, your shit stains are showing.

          • Peter Wde

            Nope sugar buns, that post was about Romney.

          • Octavio

            Your shit stains don’t stink? There’s always a very funky smell every time you deign it necessary to post on JMG. Maybe it’s time you switched to using Cottonelle Wipes. πŸ™‚

          • Peter Wde

            Just pointing out and correcting your error.

          • Octavio

            I may have mis read your attributions regarding Romney. but if you’re interested, it’s just as easy to dig up the facts regarding how many US citizens the mighty mormon has put out of work from his history of leveraging companies and selling off the assets thus successfully destroying large US business ventures.

            Now, back to that odiferous thing that permeates the air whenever you’re compelled to type.

          • Peter Wde

            Capitalism = creative destruction = wealth creation.

          • Octavio

            That’s not a syllogism. That’s just intellectual poverty.

          • Peter Wde

            I never indicated or implied it was since it lacks two premises and a necessary conclusion. Just paraphrasing Schumpeter…

          • Octavio

            Call it what you like. That is your right. It’s still an example of gross intellectual poverty.

          • Peter Wde

            No, its a pretty accurate short summary of how capitalism works as per the economist I quoted.

          • Octavio

            Economists are cheap. They’re best purchased in dozens.

          • Peter Wde

            That’s profound.

          • Robincho

            Where you bain, dude? It was a cleanup on Aisle FIVE…

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          “As a now-official presidential candidate, there’s no way Carly Fiorina can ignore her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, which she ran as CEO for six tumultuous years before the board ousted her in 2005. By that time, the company’s stock had lost about half its value and tens of thousands of people had lost their jobs.”- Time

          • StraightGrandmother

            And their printers are now crap. HP used to have great printers, as the price of their print cartridges went up and it seemed to me that the volume of ink in them went down of I left them for Epson, then the last few years Epson Printers have gone to crap also, so I just bought a Brother Laser printer, my first laser and so far am very happy with it.

    • TommyTune

      Is it good? Perhaps you can elaborate, because I’m not finding any silver lining in her ascent.

      • Peter Wde

        Sharp, intelligent speaker, articulate, increases the pool of candidates the electorate can choose from.

        • MattM

          But any GOP candidate will be a disaster for America.

          • Peter Wde

            As big a disaster as Obama?

          • MattM

            You’ve been blind for the past 7 years or you’re just a troll.

            Either way, Obama’s presidency hasn’t been a disaster. It was the FEMA to George W. Bush’s Katrina-like presidency.

            Let me know which current GOP candidates were in favor of marriage equality or equal rights for LGBT Americans. What’s that? Oh right…NONE. Have fun being a house faggot, Peter.

          • StraightGrandmother

            Oh yes remember the Mighty Mormon who wanted to eliminate FEMA and contract it out to private industry? You know who would probably have taken that contract? probably Catholic Charities.

          • MattM
          • Peter Wde

            Great idea.

          • mwest

            When I see statements like these I always want clarification. What’s the disaster that’s happening to the US? What has Obama done to cause said disaster? He’s not the king of the US and last I checked Congress has a GOP majority. Where are their responsibility.

            This just seems like a throwaway line to criticize Obama that has no substance. Exactly what disastrous thing is happening in your life?

          • Peter Wde

            Oooo, its such an embarrassment of riches, where to start.

          • GunnaHurt

            so… nothing.

          • Peter Wde

            It’s just too depressing to think about.

          • stevenj

            I think you’re full of Bullcrap with a capital B.

          • MattM

            Not sure. But please, show us some facts. We’ll wait.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Go get a drink honey… its gonna be a long wait, actually bring the bottle.

          • Octavio

            And a couple of straws. πŸ™‚

          • mwest

            Obviously you have nothing. The economy is up, joblessness is down, gas prices are lower and the housing market is higher. More Americans have health insurance than ever before. We’re not at war. DADT has been abolished and we now have Marriage equality.

            Again, show what you’ve got or shut it.

          • MattM

            M(ae)west, GOP people don’t need facts.

          • stevenj

            More bullcrap.

          • Peter Wde

            Well, on the positive side he did “evolve” and push for marriage equality…or Biden nudged him to, take your pick.

          • StraightGrandmother

            One thing is we didn’t go and send troops to Ukraine! Yeah for that!
            And he didn’t send in ground troops to Syria either. Let the Saudies go into Syria and take out ISIS.

            Osama bin Laden is dead.

          • GunnaHurt

            the president has been amazing, quite honestly. No amount of conservatards saying “he was a total disaster” changes the undeniable fact that he’s one of the best presidents we’ve ever had. AND the fact that republicans are still crying about that show they’re just not really ready to lead. Carly is an idiot. She is totally unqualified to do anything but ask me if I’d “like fries with that.”

          • Ramona Love

            much bigger.

      • Nausea

        Her ascent is because even though she laid off 30,000 at HP, made a disastrous acquisition of Compaq, was ousted by the HP board, was paid $40 million to leave after her non-performance as CEO and lost by a huge amount to Boxer for Senate in 2010, her resume is better than the other Republicans!

        What a loser she is!!

        • Octavio

          She really is a loser, isn’t she? How sad.

      • Reality.Bites

        Peter’s a right-wing bigoted troll. His definition of good is a sane person’s definition of bad.

  • TommyTune

    And look how far down the ladder Bush has fallen. How sad for him.

    • BearEyes

      πŸ˜‰

    • tristram

      Bush is making only a token effort in Iowa. At one point he was not even planning to contest the state.. It seems pretty clear that he cannot win over the corn-fed crazies; so he’s smart to focus his attention elsewhere.

      • Todd20036

        Guliani tried a similar strategy. He didn’t get “serious” until the Florida primary. Didn’t work out too well for him

        • tristram

          LOL – Rudy had other problems, #1 being Rudy. Also, no $100M+ bankroll. And for some reason mayors don’t become president – hasn’t happened in my (fairly long) lifetime. Closest we came was the ex-mayor of Wasilla – and even she was a couple of giant-steps from the Oval Office. Bush will be in the mix, along with Rubio Walker Kasich (and maybe Carly as wild-card VP).

  • Ben in Oakland

    See what happens, Scotty? you really try to go so far to the right to pick up the crazies, and what do you find? they prefer crazies of little to no substance when compared to you.

  • Princess Lardass

    Odd. The walker was designed to keep people from falling.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Honey, have you seen him? He obviously forgot his balls. (tennis balls that is.)

      • Reality.Bites

        What would you know about Walkers honey?

        • Doug105

          .,

  • LovesIrony

    I appreciate CNN reporting their IQs

  • Craig S

    They like ’em cray cray in Iowa.

    • Gustav2

      Pat Robertson once won Iowa.

    • matt n

      didn’t michelle bachmann win the iowa straw poll a few years back? she love gay men.

      • JCF

        At least her spouse does! {Shhhh…}

    • Todd20036

      When was the last time the voted for the eventual GOP nominee?

      • Reality.Bites

        Pretty much always, till 2008

        2012 – Rick Santorum (25%), Mitt Romney (25%), Ron Paul (21%), Newt Gingrich (13%), Rick Perry (10%), Michele Bachmann (5%), and Jon Huntsman (0.6%)[15]

        2008 – Mike Huckabee (34%), Mitt Romney (25%), Fred Thompson (13%), John McCain (13%), Ron Paul (10%), Rudy Giuliani (4%), and Duncan Hunter (1%)

        2004 – George W. Bush (unopposed)

        2000 – George W. Bush (41%), Steve Forbes (31%), Alan Keyes (14%), Gary Bauer (9%), John McCain (5%), and Orrin Hatch (1%)

        1996 – Bob Dole (26%), Pat Buchanan (23%), Lamar Alexander (18%), Steve Forbes (10%), Phil Gramm (9%), Alan Keyes (7%), Richard Lugar (4%), and Morry Taylor (1%)

        1992 – George H. W. Bush (unopposed)

        1988 – Bob Dole (37%), Pat Robertson (25%), George H. W. Bush (19%), Jack Kemp (11%), and Pete DuPont (7%)

        1984 – Ronald Reagan (unopposed)

        1980 – George H. W. Bush (32%), Ronald Reagan (30%), Howard Baker (15%), John Connally (9%), Phil Crane (7%), John B. Anderson (4%), and Bob Dole (2%)

        1976 – Gerald Ford (45%) and Ronald Reagan (43%)

        • Todd20036

          That’s a pretty good record.

    • Robincho

      Yeah, what IS it with them? Too much ethanol? They’re also among the worst drivers. When encountering one too many Iowa plates on the open road a while back, the Sweet Babboo concluded that IOWA is an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around…

      • Tor

        They are used to driving tractors. Oh wait. I grew up on a farm. Tractor driving is precision driving.

  • DaddyRay

    Last I saw
    Clinton was up by 12 percentage points over Trump
    Sanders was up by 5 percentage points over Trump

    • Octavio

      At what mile marker will the train from Toledo meet the train from Schenectady? Show your work in the margins. πŸ™‚

      • At the speed that trains move in Ohio? Probably at the Willard roundhouse. ^_^

    • tristram

      Trump will not be on the ticket, and he won’t run as 3rd party candidate. The GOP ticket will be chosen from Kasich Walker Bush Rubio with Fiorina as a wild-card VP possibility. Any combo from those 4(5) is odds-on to win the general election against Hillary and her VP choice. If Bernie were somehow to get the top spot on the Dem side, you can start calling him Dukakis, the sequel.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • DaddyRay

      Oh no πŸ™

    • davewolfusa

      Carter’s a great man, so sad to read.

      • Octavio

        It’s all those years of drinkin’ and carousing wit da wimmins.

        Hope he isn’t suffering great pain, and if he is I hope he’s got lots of good painkillers. πŸ™

    • TommyTune

      That is sad, but he’s had a long, full, rich, productive life, much of it helping other people. I have no doubt that he’ll be among the fortunate few who will hit the wall running.

    • Todd20036

      Fuck. Best damned ex-President we ever had.

  • John Baker

    The lunatics appear to be fully in charge of the asylum.

  • JT

    Carson? LOL. Maybe some of the participants need bargain brain surgery.

    • LovesIrony

      maybe?

      • billbear1961

        Oh, I see you beat me to it!

        Well, partly!

        πŸ™‚

    • It’s a way for the GOPers to have their House Negro around and say they’re not racists.

      He was on Cavuto about a half-hour ago (the ‘rents were watching him)…one of the old neighbors down the street has a Carson sticker on their van. The same neighbors who have the “Be America, Stop Socialism” sticker, but also a van that uses FlexFuel (standards set by left-wing government)…#hypocrastards

      • Robincho

        Hypocrastards = Hypocrites + Procrastinators + Bastards

        Now THAT’S a felicitous verbal conflation if e’er I saw one!… Way to go, young one!

        • Thanks πŸ™‚

          Then again, I didn’t see procrastination in there, but I’ll remember it for next time πŸ˜›

    • billbear1961

      Maybe?

      SOME?

    • Bad Tom

      He was probably a better brain surgeon before the dementia set in.

  • bkmn

    But…but…but…I thought Jebya was the chosen one…or Snotty…or the Canadian.

  • Cuberly

    Makes my heart go pitter pat to see Cruz so low. In IOWA no less. It may be fleeting but I’ll take it.

    • billbear1961

      What’s the world coming to when a fascist rabid dog can’t poll higher with the American right?

      • Cuberly

        I mean really! (lol…)

  • Joseph Miceli

    My money is still on Scott Walker. Trump will never win the nomination and Republicans will never vote for a black man.

    • Gustav2

      What? You don’t think a Carson/Fiorina ticket will fly?

      • Joseph Miceli

        Ha! Right behind the pigs.

        • Bad Tom

          ..

    • TampaDink

      Unfortunately, Charles & David Koch’s money is also on Walker.

      • That Other Jean

        Hey, if they want to throw all that money away, I’m all for it.

        • TampaDink

          Me too, as long as their chosen one is not elected.

  • shivadog

    What a line-up. Half of them are batshit crazy, and the rest are just pure evil.

    • billbear1961

      The GOP and the American right in a nutshell.

    • Bad Tom

      Pick the lesser of two evils.
      Remember, the pick gets a shot at having access to The Button:*

      Pure Evil / Batshit Crazy

      Ummmm…

      ——-
      * Actually, there is no Button. Really, it’s a “football” (leather covered metal case,) containing essentially long random computer passwords which, when entered on a special console, connected to a very special computer, will indeed initiate the destruction of human civilization. The planet itself, however, will survive.** And no matter how badly we screw the pooch, life will eventually reboot. Without us, of course.
      ** Our weapons technology isn’t advanced enough to physically destroy the planet. Although Edward Teller*** dreamed of a weapon big enough to do so. He said the delivery method would be by “back yard,” because it wouldn’t matter where it went off.
      *** A friend of mine’s wife is related to Edward Teller. Yes. (My life is full of shit like this.) My friend (Tony) told me of fixing Edward Teller’s sidewalk one winter. And reading to him, when his eyesight started to fail. Edward favored detective novels in his retirement. Edward has passed on now, of course. Lots of the scientists involved with the H Bomb died of assorted radiation induced cancers. Not Edward. He died of old age.

      • JCF

        I once told off Edward Teller at an on-campus (UC Davis, c. 1981) speech. While I celebrate no one’s death, I remember that the day he died, I suddenly became in a better-than-usual mood. Curious.

        • Bad Tom

          Good for you.
          If you are related to an brilliant elderly man who needs your help, you are under certain obligations.
          Not otherwise.

  • BearEyes

    we’re still in ‘flavour of the month club’ territory for the next 6-9 months.

  • delk

    So much for the candidates kissing evangelical ass.

    • billbear1961

      Well, for the ones kissing it MOST.

    • Robincho

      I’m sure we’d all just love to kiss Christie’s and Huckabee’s collective ass,
      but who has all day?…

  • OrliJoe in Fla

    So.., the inmates have completely taken over the asylum!

    • billbear1961

      Oh, they’ve been in charge for a LONG time!

      • OrliJoe in Fla

        Dammit, happens every time I step out of the room.

  • billbear1961

    But . . . but . . . but . . . he’s a DEMOCRAT!

    Rand Paul just said so!

  • Michael

    Please, please, please let Trump be the nominee.

  • anne marie in philly

    rump needs to slip up badly. but the rest of the pack sux too.

  • Secure

    Kasich is out of the top ten, and Christie is still there!?

    • Reality.Bites

      When you’re dealing with so many choices the margin of error is huge.

  • kaydenpat

    Wowzers on Bush falling so far down. Thought he would have an easier path to the nomination.

    • Tor

      The Republican Fathers are going to have to pull a fast one

  • StraightGrandmother

    Ben Carson is number two?

  • JT

    When you climb the ladder with the help of liberal social programs, make sure you ignore that and kick those under you off.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D4qtfbfMFdE/VCERf7Qy48I/AAAAAAAAJJU/qho4XMfozo4/s1600/10629719_10203536318420937_8761576893665020954_n.jpg

    • Robincho

      You can only stick your head up your ass so often without sustaining some major rectal damage. Here is Dr. Carson indicating the present diameter of his cloaca…

  • Tor

    This is not going as the Republican Fathers had planned.

  • WWMD

    And the only halfway candidate of the GOP at the debates was Kasich and now he’s nowhere to be found

  • JCF

    Republican voter turns on TV (FOX, of course), sees Ferguson burning. “Damn [N-word]s!”

    {slams hand over mouth}

    Solemnly announces, “I’m going to support Ben Carson!”

  • Kissmagrits

    The pulse-pounding excitement listening to seventeen candidates in the GOP primary line-up has left me with a sore jaw – I yawned so hard, I dislocated something.

  • SockMikey

    The graphic says Trump surges and the subject heading says Carson surges.

    Can we say “Circle Jerk”? πŸ™‚

    Walker must have some weird thingy (JMG’s word πŸ™‚ going on, cause he fell for some reason before he was able to surge.

  • CottonBlimp

    Just a reminder, the Republican party primary process isn’t actually democratic. No matter who Republican voters want, it’s up to the party to decide who they’re going to run.

    How delicious would it be if Republican voters sent the party a clear message like this that they *do not want* an establishment candidate, and the party selects one anyway? Imagine the butthurt (and subsequently low turnout).

  • People4Humanity

    I thought Santorum surges?

  • Queequeg

    The base sure loves the crazies. Carson may be a great neurosurgeon, but he is batshit crazy.

  • Edmund Allin

    Are there any Trump v. Clinton polls, if they become their parties’ respective candidates?