WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday polled voters in Iowa, which also showed that Senator Bernie Sanders was gaining ground against him in second place.
FILE PHOTO: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is seen at the Munich Annual Security Conference held in Munich, Germany on February 16, 2019. REUTERS / Andreas Gebert
Biden, who has not yet announced his candidacy for the 2020 elections, is the first choice of the president of the Democratic caucus supporters of Iowa, with 27% of the votes in the Des Moines Register / Register. CNN / Mediacom Iowa. Sanders, 77, earned 25%.
"If I'm Joe Biden sitting on the fence and I see this poll, it might make me want to participate," Ann Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., told La Moines Register.
The newspaper's Iowa poll has a long tradition of relative precision in the state that launched the presidential nomination process. In this cycle, Iowa will host the first contest of the Democratic Race in February 2020.
Nearly 65% of voters said that Biden, 76, an American senator elected for the first time in 1972, had more experience than any other candidate and should enter the race, while 31% said his time candidate was up.
Sanders, a progressive populist who staged a rally in Iowa when the vote was taking place last week, gained 6 percentage points over 19% in the group's previous December poll. Biden fell 5 percentage points from 32% in the last poll.
At least a dozen major candidates have already taken part in the Democratic contest to choose a candidate who will challenge Republican President Donald Trump, and Democrats are still waiting for the decisions of other big names such as Biden and former Beto Congressman O 'Rourke from Texas. .
In most national polls of Democrats, Biden has a strong lead while Sanders, who lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, is usually second. In these polls, Senator Kamala Harris of California ranked third ahead of other Senators, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
In the Iowa poll, Warren was third with 9% of the voters and Harris the fourth with 7%. O'Rourke won 5% of voters, down 6 percentage points from December.
This is the first survey the registry has done in Iowa since the candidates entered the race earlier this year. The poll also probed the support of likely supporters of the Iowa caucus on issues that dominated preliminary discussions and garnered support from most Democratic presidential candidates.
The Green New Deal, a congressional Democrat proposal to combat climate change, was fully supported by 65 percent of Democratic voters, in part by 26 percent, compared with 4 percent. The agreement would fund clean energy government programs and make buildings energy efficient while helping to fight poverty.
Support has also been measured for Medicare-for-all, a plan proposed for the first time by Sanders in 2017, to replace the current combination of privately funded health care coverage with government by a universal coverage plan funded solely by the government. He was supported by 49% of people likely to attend caucus, in part by 35%, and 11% not supporting him.
Report by Timothy Gardner, additional report by John Whitesides; edited by Richard Chang