Survey: Iowa GOP voters see Romney as best Obama opponent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is winning strong support from Iowa Republicans seeking a candidate who can topple President Barack Obama in November.
That's according to an entrance poll of GOP voters attending the Iowa caucuses.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is countering with solid backing from tea party supporters, religious voters and other conservatives.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul is scoring highly with young voters, independents and people concerned about huge federal budget deficits.
The divisions help explain a night in which Romney, Santorum and Paul are running neck-and-neck -- and ahead of their three other competitors -- in the year's first votes to be cast.
The survey was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 40 randomly selected caucus sites in Iowa. The survey involved interviews with 1,737 caucus-goers and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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