Iowa Republicans give caucuses high marks, but see need for more training

Poll shows majority of respondents gave low marks to release of caucus results

Nearly eight in 10 Iowa Republicans rate the accuracy of the tabulation of Iowa precinct caucus results as excellent or good, according to a non-scientific poll conducted by the Republican Party of Iowa.

Seventy-nine percent of the 669 Republicans surveyed by the Iowa Caucus Review Committee rate the accuracy of the caucus results as good or excellent.

On the other hand, 68 percent gave a poor or fair rating to the release by the Republican Party of Iowa of caucus vote results to the media and public.

The survey results were released by the state GOP a week ahead of the next meeting of the Iowa Caucus Review Committee, which is developing recommendations to improve the Iowa caucuses.

The committee will meet 7 p.m. May 30 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

Caucus-night results showed Mitt Romney winning by eight votes. However, two weeks later, after the results were certified, Rick Santorum was the winner by 34 votes.

In other results, 71 percent said their overall view of the Iowa caucuses was excellent or good and 62 percent of those who received caucus training said it was excellent or good. However, 43 percent indicated they received no training.

“This is very useful information for the committee,” said Bill Schickel, committee chairman.  “It tells us what we are doing right and gives us guidance in the areas that we need to improve.”

The survey was conducted by email utilizing Survey Monkey software from May 7-13. The questions asked were:

1) What is your overall view of the 2012 Iowa caucuses?

2) How would you rate the accuracy of the presidential vote tabulation process used at your caucus?

3) How would you rate the release, by the Republican Party of Iowa, of caucus vote results to the media and public?

4) If you were a leader, how would you rate the caucus training that you received?

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