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Des Moines Register Downplays Trump Polling Strength

Des Moines Register Downplays Trump Polling Strength

Burying the lede.

The Des Moines Register reported that a poll done by them, CNN, and Mediacom showed President Donald Trump has an 81% approval rating in Iowa, but some Republicans wouldn’t oppose challengers.

The article mentions in passing the most important result: 67% of the respondents said they would choose Trump again.

Here is what The Des Moines Register reported:

A new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Trump has an 81 percent approval rating among registered Republicans in Iowa. Sixty-seven percent say they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump if the election were held today. Nineteen percent of Republicans say they would consider someone else, and 10 percent say they would definitely vote to elect someone else.

Yet almost two-thirds — 63 percent — say Iowa should welcome challengers to Trump at the Republican Party of Iowa’s caucuses, scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020. The caucuses are held in schools, libraries, fire stations, church basements and a host of other places in all 99 Iowa counties.

Poll respondent Nicole Clark, 31, of Indianola is a special education teacher in suburban Des Moines and a registered Republican. She said she definitely supports Trump’s re-election, but thinks challengers should be welcomed.

“I am a conservative Christian, and I feel like he will stand up to some of the liberals’ moral agenda,” Clark remarked. “Yes, the liberal agenda is to take God out of everything.”

I googled “Trump Iowa” and a few publications led off with the two-thirds of Iowans supporting a challenger to Trump.

This is the challenger question:

CNN buried the lede in its report on the poll. The results for Trump didn’t show up until the fourth paragraph:

Overall, 67% of registered Republicans say they would definitely vote to re-elect Trump if the election were held today, 19% would consider someone else and just 10% of the state’s Republicans say they would definitely vote for someone else.

That’s YUGE.

I’m not shocked by this. The Des Moines Register endorsed FAILED Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In the Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beat Trump by a slim margin, 27.6% to 24.3%. Hillary barely beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 49.9% to 49.6%.

However, Trump slaughtered Hillary in November 2016 in Iowa: 51.15% to 41.74%. Hillary only won six out of the 99 counties in the state.


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The Leftist media spin-masters can make these stats whatever they want but the bottom line is that Trump would/will walk away with the Republican nomination.
If they polled Dems and asked: Given the successes in the economy and jobs, especially among minorities, would you consider voting for Trump? They would be shocked by the answer. Of course, it would be buried in the circular file.

    Another Voice in reply to DanJ1. | December 17, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Why the question will never be presented to this demographic group.
    They have no way to counter with a responsive candidate or policy.. but more “free stuff” and a poverty income life style.

Those are such oddly high numbers for Trump from a state population that kept electing a lying rino squish like Terry Branstad in one political form or another for 35 years.

Perhaps they’re grateful that Trump shipped Branstad off to China as a U.S. Ambassador, so hell yes Trump 2020. Lol

SeekingRationalThought | December 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

I remember the Register as a real newspaper when I lived in Iowa. I’m sorry to see that it has joined the biased political hacks who run outlets like MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the NY Times and NPR. This is an inexcusable violation of journalistic ethics and professionalism. Rather than shining a light on the truth, the Register has chosen to cover the truth with a bushel basket. They are trying to manipulate their readers rather than inform them.