As long as Iowa continues to host its first-in-the-nation caucuses -- allowing Iowans to cast the first votes in the presidential nominating process every four years -- Iowa State University political academics will have a front row seat to the campaign. Three university political scientists discuss that rare inside view and the unique opportunity it presents them in their research and teaching.
Dec. 21, 2011
A new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll of 333 likely Iowa Republican caucus goers finds Ron Paul in the top spot among GOP presidential candidates with 27.5 percent, followed closely by Newt Gingrich with 25.3 percent. Paul's lead over Gingrich is within the poll's margin of error at plus or minus 5 percentage points. Mitt Romney is in third place at 17.5 percent, while Rick Perry is the only other candidate to poll in double digits at 11.2.
Nov. 17, 2011
A new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll of registered Iowa voters finds Herman Cain leading Republican presidential candidates among likely caucus goers, with Ron Paul second. Cain (24.5 percent) is more than four percentage points ahead of Paul (20.4), with Mitt Romney (16.3 percent) being the only other candidate receiving more support than "Can't Decide" (8.1 percent). But the race remains remarkably fluid. Respondents were asked how certain they were of their choice and the majority of them (52.3 percent) indicated that they were undecided.
Nov. 8, 2011
Prominent NBC News political analyst and publisher of The Cook Political Report, Charlie Cook will discuss the Iowa Caucuses and the 2012 election during the inaugural Harkin Institute of Public Policy Lecture in ISU's Memorial Union Sun Room on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at noon. The lecture will be preceded by a dedication ceremony for the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State at 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's Campanile Room.
Sept. 15, 2011
Despite a large field of Republican presidential candidates, ISU economist Dave Swenson (right) predicts that the economic impact from this year's Iowa caucuses will fall well short of the spending from the 2008 caucuses, which he found had an economic impact to the state of $15.5 million in total sales in the six months preceding the caucuses.
Aug. 11, 2011
ISU political science professor tutors international news media on Iowa's unique presidential process
Mack Shelley, a University Professor of political science and
director of ISU's Public Policy and Administration Program,
lectured two dozen members of the international news media
prior to the Republican presidential debate in Stephens
Auditorium last Thursday. Attendees came from news media
outlets in China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Norway, Sweden and Switzerland attended the presentation in the
Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
July 18, 2011
Republican presidential candidates will converge on Iowa State in just under a month for a debate in Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 11; and the Iowa Straw Poll two days later in ISU's Hilton Coliseum. And even though some candidates are choosing to limit their campaigning within the state -- most notably pre-race favorite Mitt Romney -- Iowa State political experts still see plenty at stake when the candidates come to town for those three days.
May 18, 2011
With the GOP presidential debate coming to Iowa State's Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 11 and the Iowa Straw Poll in Hilton Coliseum two days later, ISU political experts anticipate Iowa to be a hub of political activity this summer.
Jan. 6, 2011
Three Iowa State University political scientists -- Steffen Schmidt, Dave Peterson and Dianne Bystrom -- provide an early preview on the Iowa caucuses campaigning, which is expected to escalate over the next 13 months leading up to the caucus date (Feb. 6, 2012).