The latest CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll was released last Saturday, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are far ahead of all the other candidates.
Based on this poll, Joe Biden is in the lead. Biden has the highest favorability among the other candidates, however, he was the first choice for only 27 percent. This is most likely because he has yet to declare an actual run. Despite this, 70 percent find Biden’s views to be “about right” with only 6 percent finding him to be “too liberal” and 14 percent to be “too conservative.” Biden was the first choice for moderates and conservatives but not the first choice for liberals. Only about a third said that his time has passed to run.
Bernie Sanders comes in a close second with 71 percent favorability and is the first choice for 25 percent of the caucusers. As far as his views, voters were pretty divided with 44 percent finding him to be “too liberal” and 48 percent saying his views are “about right.” Voters were also split on whether he should join the race with 43 percent saying he shouldn’t run and 54 percent saying he should.
The rest of the candidates are far behind Biden and Sanders. Elizabeth Warren was the first choice of 9 percent of the caucusers. However, her favorability is still high at 63 percent. Warren is fairly popular among liberals with 74 percent, but her favorability drops to 54 percent among moderates. About 25 percent say Warren is “too liberal” and 54 percent say her views are “about right.”
Fourth in line from the poll is Kamala Harris who was the first choice for 7 percent, but her favorability has increased to 58 percent. About half of the voters said her views are “about right” and 12 percent said she’s “too liberal.”
Fifth in line is Beto O’Rourke who has also yet to announce his campaign. About 5 percent said that he is their first choice and 6 percent said he is their second. His rating has taken quite a fall since December. Likely because his close Senate race had just ended, and he was still relevant in the news. His favorability is at 52 percent, close to the same as the previous poll, but high favorability has fallen from 28 percent to 19 percent. If he wants to stay in the race, he needs to join the race.
Other high-profile candidates did not poll highly. Cory Booker was the first choice for 3 percent of voters, Amy Klobuchar was the first choice for 3 percent, and Kirsten Gillibrand was the first choice for zero percent.
Issues that Iowa Democrats seem to be the most focused on are climate change, health care, and income inequality.
The poll was conducted March 3-6, 2019 through telephone interviews with 401 registered voters in Iowa who say they will definitely or probably attend the 2020 Democratic caucuses. The results have been adjusted by age and sex to reflect their proportions among active voters. There is a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
Click here to read the full 3/10/19 article by Grace Sparks from CNN.