Entrance polls: Iowa caucusgoers prioritize electability, health care


Entrance polls: Iowa caucusgoers prioritize electability, health care

Iowa caucusgoers are prioritizing candidates’ perceived electability and health care policies in choosing who to vote for in the Hawkeye State’s crucial first nominating contest, according to Monday entrance polls. 

Voters overwhelmingly said they wanted a Democratic candidate who could defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump shares then deletes tweet praising Chiefs for representing ‘Great State of Kansas’ Ken Bone endorses Andrew Yang for president: ‘#YangGang all the way!’ Loeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid MORE in November over someone who neatly aligns with their ideologies. Sixty-three percent of respondents to an NBC News entrance poll said they want the Democratic Party to nominate a candidate who “can beat Donald Trump,” while 35 percent want a nominee who “agrees with you on major issues.” 

Two-thirds of voters surveyed in a CNN entrance poll also said they value electability over ideological agreements. 

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As far as issues are concerned, health care was widely considered to be the most important to Iowa Democrats. Forty-one percent told NBC News that health care matters most to them in making their decision. Roughly 40 percent said the same to CNN. 

Climate change and income inequality were the second- and third-most important issues in both polls. 

The polls were conducted before Iowa voters began to caucus and divvy up support for the Democratic candidates running in Monday’s vote.

Centrist candidates such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden responds to GOP senator’s impeachment warning Sanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa It’s time to ditch Iowa and New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) have repeatedly argued they are better positioned to beat Trump in November, while more liberal candidates such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa Kerry denies considering presidential bid: ‘Any report otherwise is categorically false’ MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa Iowa poll snafu leaves Democrats guessing on eve of caucuses MORE (D-Mass.) say bold ideas are required to unite the country and recapture the White House.

Health care has emerged as a chief fissure in the primary field. Biden, Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa Iowa poll snafu leaves Democrats guessing on eve of caucuses MORE have proposed expanding the Affordable Care Act to include a public option, while progressives such as Sanders and Warren have introduced different plans to replace private insurance with “Medicare for All.”




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