Meanwhile, with Giuliani touring Iowa today and facing questions as to whether he’ll even compete in the caucuses given that social conservatives make up a huge chunk of the electorate, the University of Iowa poll I noted in the post below is another strong showing.
In addition to the fact that he was virtually tied for first with McCain:
When likely Republican caucus goers were asked whether they agree with the statement, “Giuliani is the Republicans’ strongest candidate,” 57.7 percent agreed. Only 37.0 percent agreed that McCain was the Republicans’ strongest candidate, and 30.4 percent agreed that Romney was. When given the statement “Giuliani is electable,” 82.5 percent of Republican caucus goers agreed. Sixty-three point one percent of Republican caucus goers believe McCain is electable and 62.8 percent believe Romney is. Giuliani’s support among likely Republican caucus goers appears to be linked to evaluations of his strength as a candidate and electability, as he leads on both evaluations.
The Giuliani strategy is shaping up to be staying at least competitive in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and then cleaning up on Uber Tuesday, Feb. 5 when states such as New York, New Jersey, California and Florida hold their primaries. This poll, though early, is a show of strength in Iowa.