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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Gage Skidmore Photo.

Monmouth poll of Iowa voters has some interest to N.J.

Most Iowa voters plan to use vote-by-mail ballots

By David Wildstein, August 05 2020 11:10 am

More than 1,000 miles separate Trenton from Des Moines, but some data from a new Monmouth University poll is relevant to the New Jersey political world.

Iowa will send a vote-by-mail application to all active voters for the November general election, and 57% of registered voters said they are likely to vote by mail and 67% are confident that mail-in ballots will be counted accurately.  Still, a little more than half (55%) are concerned that voting by mail could lead to fraud.

Eight out of ten Democrats (80%) are likely to request VBM ballots, while just 38% of Republicans say they will.

Nearly three-out-of-four Iowans (73%) say that individual towns and cities should be allowed to enact rules about wearing face masks that are stricter than the statewide guidelines, while 24% say they should not.

Support for permitting local face mask regulation to be stricter than the one authorized by the state goes across party lines: 59%-38% among Republicans and 62%-32 among self-identified conservatives.

In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Joni Ernst leads Democrat Theresa Greenfield by a 48%-45% margin.  New Jersey’s two senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, have been raising money for Greenfield.  Menendez will likely become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if Democrats win control of the U.S. Senate this year.

President Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by a 48%-45% margin.

Iowans are split on Trump’s handling of COVID-19, 49% say he’s done a good job and 49% say he has done a bad job.  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, is at 58%-39%.

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