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According to the survey, which was conducted in partnership with CBS News, nearly 40 percent of Iowa's likely GOP caucus-goers say they get most of their news from Fox News and its many conservative hosts. Nearly half of those regular Fox News viewers say they would vote for Gingrich if the caucus were held today compared to only 12 percent who said their top choice would be the former Massachusetts governor. For comparison, Iowa Republicans as a whole prefer Gingrich to Romney 31 percent to 14 in the poll.
In an interview on the network Tuesday, Romney appeared well aware that if he hopes to bolster his chances of securing his party's presidential nomination he'll need to do a better job reaching out to the party's base through their cable channel of choice. "I'll be on Fox a lot because you guys matter when it comes to Republican primary voters," Romney told Fox's Neil Cavuto.
Romney will have the chance to win over those Iowa voters, along with conservatives throughout the nation, later this month when he sits down on Dec. 18 with Fox News Sunday for his first Sunday interview since March 2010.
The big numbers from that NYT/CBS News poll in Iowa: Gingrich 31 percent, Ron Paul 16, Romney 14 percent, Rick Perry 11, Michele Bachmann 9, Rick Santorum 4 ... Jon Huntsman 1 percent.
Still, nearly two-thirds of likely caucus-goers say they may still change their minds between now and Jan. 3. CBS News sums it up like this: "Bottom line: It may look like it's shaping up nationally to be a two-man Gingrich-Mitt Romney brawl. But in Iowa, our poll indicates it could well be a four-person race: Gingrich, Romney, Ron Paul and a "true" social conservative like Michele Bachmann. And that means it [is] as wide open as ever."