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Zogby: Iowans, New Hampshirites angry but less focused on Iraq

Veteran pollster finds Huckabee and Romney neck and neck in Iowa, while Clinton's lead shrinks in the Granite State.

By Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / December 6, 2007

John Zogby

Andy Nelson - staff


WASHINGTON - In Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first contests in the 2008 presidential election season will be held, voters are angry at government, but they are also less preoccupied with US policy in Iraq than in the recent past.

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Meanwhile, Democratic voters in those two states are much more confident than are Republicans that their party will prevail in the '08 election.

Those are some conclusions from a new poll of likely caucusgoers in Iowa and likely primary voters in New Hampshire, released Wednesday by Zogby International, a polling and market-research firm based in Utica, NY.

In Iowa, both the Republican and Democratic races are essentially dead heats, said John Zogby, the firm's president and CEO, speaking Wednesday at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters. Candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards are bunched at the top of the Democratic field, the Zogby telephone survey found. In the GOP race, former Govs. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are neck and neck.

In New Hampshire, Senator Clinton has lost ground but still holds an 11-point lead. On the Republican side, Mr. Romney retains a narrow edge over Mr. Huckabee. (Full poll results, including information on its margin of error, can be found at

A key finding is that "the voters are extremely angry this year," Mr. Zogby said. "We see very high numbers there. [They are] angry at the political system. They are angry at Congress. They are angry at the president of the United States. That includes Democrats, sizable numbers of Democrats who are angry at Congress, and a sizable number of Republicans who are angry at the president."

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