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Oct. 26, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: News conferences on UI Hawkeye Poll Oct. 29 in D.C., Iowa City

WHO: University of Iowa political scientist David Redlawsk will present the results of the new UI Hawkeye Poll of Iowa's likely caucus-goers, conducted the week of Oct. 21.

WASHINGTON, D.C. MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 9 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday, Oct. 29, Lisagor Room, 13th floor, National Press Club. Redlawsk will deliver a 20-minute presentation of poll results and will be available immediately afterward for questions and interviews. A light breakfast will be served. A headcount is necessary to plan for handouts, refreshments and room size, so please notify Nicole Riehl -- -- if you plan to attend, although reporters are still welcome if they do not RSVP.

IOWA MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 10:30 a.m. Central Time, Monday, Oct. 29, 105 Jessup Hall on the UI campus. Redlawsk will deliver a 20-minute presentation of poll results via speakerphone and will be available immediately afterward for questions and interviews. Copies of slides from the presentation will be provided. Two UI professors involved with the poll will also be available at the press conference for interviews: Caroline Tolbert, a political scientist and co-director of the Hawkeye Poll, and Kevin Leicht, a political sociologist and director of the UI's Social Science Research Center, which houses the Hawkeye Poll facilities.

POLL DETAILS: The Hawkeye Poll is the most comprehensive survey of Iowa voters, especially those likely to participate in the caucuses.

The results will include:

--Which candidates Iowa's likely caucus-goers favor, and how that support has changed since August -- with breakouts by gender, religion and age.

--The potential impact of Al Gore as a candidate.

--The importance of immigration as an issue, and which immigration policies Iowa's likely caucus-goers prefer.

"Because candidates have focused the bulk of their time in Iowa, Iowa voters are overall among the most informed in the nation," Redlawsk said. "Given the importance of Iowa in the nomination process and the competitiveness of the race there, it is valuable to understand what Iowa voters are thinking today and where they may be going in the coming months."

The Hawkeye Poll was established in 2007 as an educational tool for UI students, a research tool for UI faculty, and a way to provide Iowa-specific data to media covering the 2008 election. Previous Hawkeye Polls were conducted in March and August of 2007. For past Hawkeye Poll results and other resources for journalists covering the election, visit

Support for the poll is provided by the UI Provost's Office, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UI Social Science Research Center.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,; Tom Snee, University News Services, 319-384-0010,