Poll: Democrat Iowa Caucus Voters’ Top Priorities for 2020 Candidates: Guns, Abortion, Climate Change

An audience member arrives at a rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Friday, March 8, 2019, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Democrat Iowa caucus voters list three top priorities they want their 2020 presidential candidate to address: Gun control, abortion on demand, and climate change.

A CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll found the majority of likely Democrat Iowa caucus voters said, “any candidate who hopes to win their support must favor a woman’s right to abortion, recognize climate change as humanity’s greatest threat, and support the restoration of a ban on assault-style weapons.”

Less than half of poll respondents also said they want a candidate who supports Medicare for All, free college tuition, and restoration of felon voting rights.

Abortion is one of the most important issues to Democrats who will vote in person or virtually in the caucus, according to the poll, which showed it is the No. 1 issue with eight in ten respondents.

“Recognition of climate change as the greatest threat to humanity stands narrowly behind, a must-have for about three-quarters. Fewer (about six in ten) say it’s a must-have to support restoring the ban on assault-style weapons,” CNN reported on its poll.

The poll found the biggest gap among the left wing of the party and more moderate Democrats was the Medicare of All proposal — 60 percent of the far left want socialized medicine while on 39 percent of moderates favor it.

Not surprisingly, of the likely caucus voters who are 35 or younger, 61 percent want student debt forgiveness.

And younger Democrat voters also are more enthusiastic about the radical Green New Deal climate change resolution — 42 percent — than older voters, where only 30 percent like the GND.

A majority of Democrats don’t think it matters whether a candidate is male or female, with 54 percent responding that way.

The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, from June 2 to 5 from a random sample of 600 likely Democratic caucus voters reached on landlines or cell phones or who were asked in person. Of that sample, 433 said they plan to attend the caucuses in person,and 167 said they plan to attend virtually.

Results for the combined sample of likely caucusgoers have a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percentage points; “it is 4.7 points for those planning to attend in-person, 7.6 points for those who plan to attend virtually.”

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