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PPP: Iowa Becoming Perry Country As Bachmann Falls

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In a three way race between Bachmann, Perry and Romney, the Minnesota Rep. comes in third again, at 24 percent, behind Perry at 34 and Romney at 28. This adheres to other evidence that Bachmann is sinking within the field, as last week saw the release of a Rasmussen national survey of GOP voters, in which Perry charged to the top at 29 percent and Bachmann was relegated to third at 13.

Beyond the GOP presidential race, the poll showed some interesting facets of the GOP base in Iowa. PPP asked two simple questions: "Do you believe in global warming or not?" and " Do you believe in evolution or not?" Global warming was only believed by 21 percent of respondents, against 66 percent, who do not. Evolution was believed by 35 percent of those polled, versus 48 percent. Only a near majority, 48 percent, think that President Obama was born in the US.

It seems that Perry, who called both man-made global warming and evolution into question during his first week of campaigning, has found some likeminded voters in Iowa.

The new PPP poll used automatic telephone interviews conducted from August 21st to the 19th, with 317 regular GOP primary voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percent.