Rick Perry’s over-the-top comments attacking climate science and scientists on behalf of his campaign donors appear to be paying off, among climate change deniers in Iowa at least.
Commenting on their new Iowa poll, Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen notes:
It’s a similar story with global warming. Only 21% of GOP voters believe in it while 66% do not. Again with the believers Romney is in a strong first place at 31% to 15% for Paul, 13% for Bachmann, 11% for Huntsman, and only 9% for Perry. But with the much more numerous group of Republicans who think global warming is a farce Perry cleans up at 28% to 20% for Bachmann, 16% for Paul, and 13% for Romney, giving him the overall lead.
I looked at the full results of the poll (PDF) and produced this chart showing the candidate preferences of likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa who do not believe in climate change:
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