Poll Shows Powell, Dole in Dead Heat
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ If retired Gen. Colin Powell were to enter the Republican presidential race, he would start in a dead heat with front-runner Bob Dole in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, a new poll showed.
The survey found Dole with support from 15 percent of those questioned, while Powell was backed by 13 percent in a hypothetical matchup in the February caucuses _ well within the poll’s 3.7 percent margin of error.
Without Powell in the race, Dole is backed by 29 percent of those questioned, while the other announced candidates are in single digits. In either case, the number of undecided voters is huge _ 46 percent.
The telephone poll of 700 registered Republicans was conducted Oct. 30-31 by the Davenport-based Personal Marketing Research Inc. It was conducted for several television stations.
The latest poll is another piece of bad news for Dole of Kansas, who had been expected to cruise to an easy victory in the state’s precinct caucuses.
The February caucuses mark the first in a string of caucuses and primaries that will yield a Republican nominee to oppose President Clinton. Dole, who is Senate majority leader, won the Iowa caucuses in 1988.