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Iowa poll: Booker has strong approvals but trails Biden, Sanders

Booker running 8th in Iowa with 3%, new Monmouth poll finds

By David Wildstein, April 11 2019 1:00 pm

Cory Booker has a 54%-17% favorable rating among Iowa Democrats, which puts him in the top quarter of announced and potential presidential candidates, but far behind former vice president Joe Biden.

Booker is the sixth best-know candidate out of 24 names tested in a Monmouth University Poll released this afternoon.

Biden has approvals of 78%-14% in Iowa.

“If Biden does get into this race, he’ll start out as a clear front-runner in Iowa. Not only does he garner support from crucial demographic groups but he is almost universally well-liked among all Democratic voters,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Bernie Sanders is at 67%-26%, followed by Elizabeth Warren (67%-20%), Kamala Harris (61%-12%) and Beto O’Rourke (60%-13%).

Biden is the first choice of 27% of Iowa Democrats, followed by Sanders (16%) and South Bend mayor Peter Buttigieg (9%).

Booker is a 3%, narrowly trailing Harris (7%), Warren (7%), O’Rourke (6%), Klobuchar (4%).

Running marginally behind him are Julián Castro (2%) and fifteen others ranging from 0% to 1%.

Booker is the second-choice of 6% of Iowa Democrats.

“Buttigieg’s current standing in the horse race is impressive given that nearly half of likely Democratic caucusgoers have yet to form an opinion of him. He has one of the best positive to negative ratios in the field. He could move up if he is able to maintain that rating as he introduces himself to more voters. Klobuchar is another candidate with potential to increase her support as she becomes better known based on her current ratings ratio,” said Murray.

A strong majority (64%) of Iowa Democrats want a nominee who would be strong against President Donald Trump, even if they disagree with that candidate on most issues. Forced to choose, only 24% say they would favor a candidate who they are aligned with on the issues — even if that candidate would have a tough time winning the general election.

“Ousting Donald Trump is the through line for this nominating process. But Iowa Democrats draw a distinction between beating the president at the ballot box and calling for his immediate removal. A candidate’s support for impeachment is not a litmus test for the party faithful,” said Murray.

Booker has announced a Justice for All Tour of Iowa next Monday and Tuesday, making stops in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Carroll, Nevada and Des Moines.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from April 4 to 9, 2019 with a statewide sample of 761 Iowa voters drawn from a list of registered Democratic voters who voted in at least one of the last two state primary elections or the last general election or have registered to vote since November 2018. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5%.

Monmouth Poll Iowa April 2019
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