In Iowa, Trump Job Approval at 44%

Forty-four percent (44%) of Iowa voters approve of Donald Trump’s performance as president. Considering that he won the state with 51% of the vote in 2016, this low rating could signal a potential challenge for the president’s re-election bid.

However, the survey found that just 33% of Iowa voters believe things would be better if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016. Forty-three percent (43%) believe things would be worse. Significantly, five percent (5%) of Iowa voters disapprove of President Trump but believe things would be worse with Clinton in the White House (see question wording and crosstab results).

Collectively, these results suggest that Iowa’s Electoral College votes may well depend upon the Democratic nominee. If the Democrats nominate a candidate who connects with the state’s Midwestern values, President Trump could be in serious trouble. On the other hand, if the Democrats nominate someone who connects more with progressive Californians, Iowa voters may once again conclude that President Trump is the lesser of two evils.

Other data from the survey showed that:

  • Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Iowa voters say their personal finances are getting better. Nineteen percent (19%) say worse (see crosstab results).
  • Only 36% of Iowa voters believe the nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree. That makes Iowa voters a bit more skeptical than the nation at large.
  • The perceived unfairness does not lead to a desire for socialist policies. Just 28% of Iowa voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism (see crosstab results). Sixty-eight percent (68%) have an unfavorable view. Nationally, most voters consider socialism a threat to America’s founding ideals. And, free markets are seen as more fair than socialism.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) of Iowa voters favor a single-payer national health care system. But, only 17% want to get rid of private insurance companies (see crosstab results). Voters throughout the country believe it is important to ensure that every American has access to quality health care. But, there is very little support for banning private insurance companies. Voters want more choices rather than fewer.
  • A solid majority of Iowa voters (69%) don’t think federal regulators understand the real world impact of the rules they write (see crosstab results). That’s a bit more skeptical than voters around the country.
  • Eighty-six percent (86%) of Iowa voters believe legal immigration is good for America. Eighty-six percent (86%) also believe illegal immigration is bad (see crosstab results).
  • Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Senator Joni Ernst all earn Job Approval ratings in the mid-50s (see crosstab results). releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

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The survey of 884 Registered Voters in Iowa was conducted February 24-26, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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