Iowa’s Democratic Caucus told Democrats hoping to win the often sought-after state that they must support a women’s right to have an abortion, recognize climate change as an existential threat to humanity, and support a nationwide ban on assault-style weapons.
According to CNN, these issues alongside a universal Medicare, free tuition at public colleges, and a restoration of voting rights for felons were also considered favorable, but did not receive a majority of the caucus’ support.
Here’s more from the Democratic survey, via CNN:
Support for abortion rights is tops, with about 8 in 10 calling it a must have regardless of how they plan to participate. Recognition of climate change as the greatest threat to humanity stands narrowly behind, a must-have for about three-quarters. Fewer (about 6 in 10) say it’s a must have to support restoring the ban on assault-style weapons.
Among in-person caucusgoers, liberals are more apt to call nearly all of the nine issues tested “must-haves” than are moderates, but the gap is largest on Medicare for All (60% of liberals call it a must-have vs. 39% of moderates) and abortion rights (90% vs. 70%). There is also a wide gap by age on Medicare for All, with those under age 35 about 20 points more likely to prioritize it than their elders.
Younger caucusgoers were also more likely to see student debt forgiveness as a must-have (61% among those under age 35 vs. roughly a third of older likely caucus attendees), and while there aren’t sharp differences by age on the importance of recognizing climate change as humanity’s greatest threat, there is a wide gap on support for the Green New Deal (42% among those under age 35 consider it a must-have vs. less than 30% among older likely caucus attendees).
Although support for abortion rights tops the list, it also prompts a gender divide in the poll. It is more of a “must-have” issue for women (85%) than for men (72%).
These issues and others have received national attention in recent months as several states are passing total abortion bans while others are expanding abortion opportunities. Some states have also addressed the issue of gun control following a deadly shooting incident in Virginia Beach, Virginia where 12 people were killed.
Climate change is likely to continue to be a large factor going towards 2020 as President Trump has all but erased former President Obama’s environmental legacy. Trump quickly pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accords and announced he would stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to United Nations global warming programs.
Concerning the poll, CNN reports, “The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, from June 2 through 5 among a random sample of 600 likely Democratic caucus participants reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer.”
And, “The sample included 433 who said they plan to attend the caucuses in-person and 167 who said they plan to attend virtually. Results for the combined sample of likely caucusgoers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.0 percentage points; it is 4.7 points for those planning to attend in-person, 7.6 points for those who plan to attend virtually.”