If the Iowa caucuses were held today, Rep. Michele Bachmann would have the slight advantage over Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released Monday. Bachmann polls 22%, slightly edging Mitt Romney’s 21% in a new GOP poll released by Rasmussen Reports. Bachmann, whose on the cover of Newsweek this week, was born in Iowa and has been campaigning hard there, although Romney has mostly skipped the state.
Following Bachmann and Romney are libertarian Ron Paul of Texas at 16 points, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry — who hasn’t even officially announced a run yet — and former Governor of Minnesota, Governor Tim Pawlenty. Although, 28% say that their votes may be swayed by the time the caucus actually takes place in February of 2012.
Also found in the poll is that 23% believe that Republicans in Congress have done a good job of representing the values of the GOP, while 67% believe that they have lost touch with the party base. The survey was carried out by 627 likely Iowa caucus participants.