DES MOINES, IA, August 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The results are in, and Republicans likely to participate in the GOP's first nominating contest say they trust two candidates the most to set the nation's abortion policy.
A CNN/ORC International poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus goers finds: It's a tie between Mike Huckabee and Dr. Ben Carson. The retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and the former Arkansas governor each earned 17 percent support.
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush tied for a distant second, at seven percent, with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Scott Walker close behind at six percent.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who spent part of the first GOP debate strongly rejecting exceptions for abortions based on rape and incest, followed with five percent.
The field's two openly pro-abortion candidates – George Pataki and Jim Gilmore – had no measurable support on that question.
Carson also topped the poll as the candidate who “best represents the values of Republicans like yourself.” Trump, Huckabee, Cruz, and Walker were close behind.
It is not clear how revelations that Ben Carson performed experiments using aborted babies' tissue in 1992 would affect the outcome of either question.
Donald Trump dominated every other aspect of the poll, which was conducted between August 7 and 11.
The results show that, if the caucus were held today, Trump would win it walking away — eight points ahead of his closest rival, Ben Carson.
Walker and Cruz would follow in third and fourth place. Huckabee and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina would tie for fifth.
However, two-thirds of respondents said they have not yet made a final decision about which presidential hopeful to back.
As they decide, only eight percent of likely caucus goers said social issues would determine how they vote. Six percent named abortion as their “most important issue.” One percent said religion or morality concerned them the most.
One-third (33 percent) said the economy would drive their vote in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, which are five months away.