Our Last Poll Before The Caucus

Joe Biden led our first poll in September of 2019, and he finds himself on top again in our final survey before caucus day. Sen. Elizabeth Warren remains in second, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders are in close competition for the third and fourth place positions. Sen. Klobuchar finds herself in fifth, but hits a key metric — she is perceived as the best candidate for rural America. 

July 2019 Poll results

Focus on Rural America went into the field after the first Democratic debates of the cycle. The Results? A very close three-way contest in the Iowa 2020 Democratic caucus. Warren with slight lead over Harris, Biden. Sanders and Buttigieg only other candidates with double digit support.

March 2019 Poll Results

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead among Democratic Iowans who intend to participate in the 2020 Democratic caucus, but his lead over Bernie Sanders has diminished.  Six candidates make up a second tier: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke.

December 2018 Poll Results

In December of 2018, Focus on Rural America polled 500 likely Caucusers as part of our continuing effort to understand what Iowa voters are looking for in the 2020 Caucus.

The results? Iowans want a problem solver.

September 2018 Poll Results

In September of 2018, Focus on Rural America polled 500 likely Caucusers. The results? Leaders should listen, work across the aisle, and invest in science-based solutions.

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The Economic Gap in Rural America

The Economic Gap in Rural America

A new report from the USDA reinforces what we've been seeing on the ground in Iowa and across rural America: Population levels and personal incomes are falling off, while poverty rates are on the rise. This bad news means it is more important than ever for...

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Squeezing the Margins

Squeezing the Margins

Something we've been saying since 2016 is that Democrats don't need to win back every rural county. What they have to do is show up, articulate a vision, win where they can, and squeeze the margins everywhere else. Last night in Kentucky, Governor-elect Andy Beshear...

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September 2019 Poll Results

In the post-debate poll in Iowa, Focus on Rural America found some shakeups among the Democratic presidential contenders and some key takeaways for the field. Iowa Democrats are focused on electability and they see rural issues and a rural strategy as key to that...

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Trump voters think he’s a clown — and he wants them to

Trump voters think he’s a clown — and he wants them to

David Binder Research conducted two focus groups among Iowa voters from Polk County and surrounding areas and one focus group with Iowa voters exclusively from rural areas and small towns outside of Polk County, on August 13 and 14, 2019. The participants in these...

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