Trump Surges Ahead In Iowa: New Poll Shows Historic Lead Over Biden

- July 12, 2024
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For some Democrats, President Biden's recent press conference, while managing to exceed some expectations, did little to salvage his reelection campaign. His performance, marred by numerous gaffes, has led to calls for a change in leadership.

Rep. (D-Conn.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, voiced his concerns following Biden's unscripted and often awkward interaction with the press. Himes emphasized the risk of relying on an 81-year-old president prone to off-script mishaps.

“Imagine that three months from now, we get another performance like there was in the debate.

The political landscape continues to shift…

A new poll published by The Des Moines Register reveals a dramatic shift in the political landscape of , a state that was long considered a swing state but increasingly seems to leans heavily Republican. According to the survey, conducted by The Des Moines Register/Mediacom/Selzer & Co., is leading President by a staggering 18 points. The startling findings mark a significant change in voter sentiment, especially considering that Barack Obama comfortably won Iowa in both 2008 and 2012.

Key Findings Of The Poll

  • Trump's Lead: Trump holds 50% support among likely voters.
  • Biden's Struggle: Biden trails significantly with only 32% support.
  • Independent Impact: Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. garners 9% support.
  • Margin Of Error: The poll, which includes responses from 806 adults and 692 likely voters, has a margin of error of ±3.5% for adults and ±3.9% for likely voters.
  • Period: The survey was conducted between June 9 and June 14.

The Impact Of Recent Events

The poll is the first conducted in Iowa since Trump's conviction by a New York City jury on all 34 felony counts in his hush money trial. Despite the legal setback, Trump's support in the Hawkeye State has increased by three points since The Register's last survey in February. The 18-point margin represents more than double his 8.2-point margin of victory in Iowa four years ago. (RELATED: Blue State Attempts To Undermine Trump's Return To White House With New ‘Resistance' Effort)

Approval Ratings And Voter Sentiment

The poll highlights widespread disapproval of Biden's performance as president among Iowans:

  • Overall Approval: Only 28% of Iowa adults approve of Biden's job as president, a figure much lower than his national average approval rating of 39.7% as reported by RealClearPolitics.
  • Independent Voters: Among independent voters in Iowa, less than one in four approve of Biden's performance.
  • Younger Voters: Discontent is particularly high among younger Iowans, with only 15% of those under 35 approving of Biden's job performance, while 76% disapprove.

Why Iowa Is Shifting Right

Iowa's shift from a swing state to a reliably Republican one can be attributed to several factors:

  • Economic Reliance: The state's economy heavily depends on agriculture, manufacturing and related industries. Republican policies promoting deregulation, lower taxes and support for traditional industries have resonated with Iowa voters.
  • Trade And Immigration: Discontent with current trade policies and immigration has driven many culturally conservative Democrats into the Republican fold.
  • Cultural Conservatism: The rising influence of culturally conservative values in Iowa has further solidified its Republican alignment, especially as Reagan Democrats flee their party's woke base. (RELATED: Is This Skittles' Bud Light Moment? Vows To Boycott Follow Candy Giant's Decision)

Conclusion

The results from The Des Moines Register reflecting broader national trends that could have major implications for the . While few considered the Hawkeye State a battleground, it may be a Republican stronghold in the upcoming election.

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