Rural America needs help responding to Coronavirus

To contain this crisis, those on the front line must have life-saving tools: tests, beds, respirators, and masks. We also need continued pay for the workers keeping our communities running and for those staying home to flatten the curve.

January 2020 poll results

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.

News and Resources

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

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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