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New Poll Shows ‘Two-Person Race’ Between Biden & Sanders in Iowa

"If I’m Joe Biden sitting on the fence and I see this poll, this might make me want to jump in…”

By NTK Staff | 03.11.2019 @11:42am
New Poll Shows ‘Two-Person Race’ Between Biden & Sanders in Iowa

A new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers released over the weekend showed a “two-person race” for the Democratic Party’s nomination shaping up between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

According to the poll, which was released on Saturday, 27 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers say Biden is their first choice, while 25 percent say Sanders is their first choice.

This two-point differential is well within the poll’s 4.9-percentage-point margin of error.

“If I’m Joe Biden sitting on the fence and I see this poll, this might make me want to jump in,” J. Ann Selzer, whose firm conducted the poll, said of the results. “I just can’t find much in this poll that would be a red flag for Joe Biden.”

Over 70 percent of Democratic caucusgoers also said that Biden’s political views were “neither too liberal nor too conservative, but instead are ‘about right’ — the highest percentage of any candidate tested.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was 9 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers’ first choice, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with 7 percent.

The Des Monies Register reported:

“Even though Biden and Sanders represent opposite ends of the Democratic ideological spectrum, much of their support overlaps.”

“If Biden decided not to run, 30 percent of those who name him as their first-choice candidate would switch their allegiance to Sanders, whom they named as their second choice. Among those who say Sanders is their first choice, 40 percent say Biden is their second choice.”

“Second choices are important in the Iowa Democrats’ caucus night process. If a caucusgoer’s first choice fails to advance, the attendee has an opportunity to recast support for a different candidate.”

The poll also found that only 22 percent of Democratic caucusgoers want their candidate to focus “a lot” on impeaching President Trump. Rather, Democratic caucusgoers were much more concerned about the issues of health care and climate change.

According to the Des Monies Register:

“Eighty-one percent say they hope candidates will spend “a lot” of time talking about health care, and 84 percent say they prefer a candidate who supports shifting to a government-run health care system of Medicare-for-all, either all at once or incrementally. Forty-nine percent of respondents say they prefer a candidate who supports Medicare-for-all “in full,” and 35 percent who endorses it “in steps.”

“Eighty percent of poll respondents say candidates should spend “a lot” of time talking about climate change. Ninety-one percent say they prefer a candidate who supports the “Green New Deal,” which couples government programs to address climate change with support for jobs in the clean energy sector to help address poverty. That includes 65 percent who favor a candidate who supports the “Green New Deal” in full and 26 percent who favor approaching it in steps.”

With just over 10 months to go until the Iowa caucuses, this poll is a very good sign for both Biden and Sanders, and it demonstrates that other Democratic candidates have a lot of work to do. Lucky for themm there is still plenty of time before February 3, 2020.

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