The Iowa Straw Poll is simply a presidential poll taken by Iowa Republicans. The Straw Poll has become a huge event, normally held in Ames, IA. There are many “straw polls” around the country, but the Iowa GOP Ames Straw Poll is THE straw poll. In fact, the Ames Straw Poll has become one of the most popular Republican political events in Presidential election cycles.
Started in 1979 and held in the early fall the year before the caucus in contested presidential cycles, the Straw Poll serves as a first indicator of the strength of a candidate’s organization and message. Though the Straw Poll results have no official or legal effect, nearly a thousand media outlets are expected to attend and tens of thousands of Iowans participate. With all the activity during the day, some folks say the Iowa Straw Poll is like the Iowa State Fair – but better because politics is involved.
In order to vote in the Iowa Straw Poll, one must be at least 18 years of age on or before November 2012 and a resident of the state of Iowa. The Iowa Straw Poll is a Republican event – the Democrat Party does not organize a straw poll.
Iowa Straw Poll
August 13, 2011
9am Gates Open
10am Voting Begins
12pm Program Begins
4pm Voting Closes