Michelle Southern reporting.
A new Public Policy Poll on the Republican Presidential nomination shows Governor Bobby Jindal is now ahead of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in Iowa. The PPP survey puts Jindal's numbers in Iowa at 6%, which ties him for fifth with Mike Huckabee and puts him a point ahead of Bush and Fiorina.
"What I think is even more impressive for Governor Jindal in Iowa, is how high his favorability rating is," says pollster Tom Jensen. "60% of Republican primary voters in Iowa say they have a positive opinion of him."
Jenson says the only candidates with higher favorability ratings than Jindal in Iowa are Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. National polls still have Jindal lagging at least 10 other GOP candidates.
Jensen says Jindal's strategy of focusing solely on Iowa is a good one because he doesn't really have the resources to run a national campaign.
"Maybe he surprises people and ends up first or second in Iowa, and then can parlay that momentum into doing better in the other contests further down the line," said Jensen.
The Iowa Caucuses will be held in February 2016.
The Des Moines Register ran an editorial criticizing Jindal over the budget problems in his home state and also for his opposition to gay marriage and attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. But Jensen says Republicans in Iowa hate the Des Moines Register.
"So that might actually help Jindal's street cred," said Jensen. "It sorta fits into the general Republican distrust of the media."