DES MOINES — Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has a 14-point lead over Vice President George Bush in a new poll on the Republican presidential contest, and Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt is atop the Democratic field, the Des Moines Register reported today in its final poll before Monday's precinct caucuses.
The poll showed Dole with the backing of 37% of those surveyed, contrasted with 23% for Bush. Former television evangelist Pat Robertson was in third place with 13%, followed by New York Rep. Jack Kemp, 11%; former Delaware Gov. Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV, 7%, and former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr., who has removed his campaign staffers from the state, 1%. Eight percent were undecided.
Among Democrats, Gephardt had the support of 25% of those surveyed. Illinois Sen. Paul Simon had 19%; Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis had 15%; the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt each had 9%, and former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart had 7%.
Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr., who also has pulled his campaign out of the state, collected 1%, and 15% of the Democrats were undecided.