Trump cracks 50 percent approval in Iowa, leads Biden, Sanders by double digits

Trump won Iowa in 2016, after Obama won state in two previous elections

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March 13, 2020 - 4:56pm

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A new Des Moines Register Poll shows President Trump’s approval rating among Iowans has reached the 50 percent mark for the first time and that more than half of the state’s likely general election voters would support Trump if the 2020 presidential election were held today.

The president’s break-even approval rating number is up from 46 percent in February 2019, according to the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, conducted from March 2 to March 5 and released this week. 

Trump won Iowa in 2016 – after the state twice voted for Barack Obama as president. The new poll, which has Trump at 50 percent, shows top Democratic presidential contenders Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders each having 41-percent support among Iowa voters.

Trump’s  increased approval rating was driven by support by fellow Republicans (94% approval), men (60%), evangelicals (63%), rural Iowans (68%) and those making $100,000 a year or more (57%), according to the poll.