Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020

Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020
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Nearly half of Iowa voters said they wouldn't vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE in the 2020 election, according to a poll of likely voters released Thursday.

The Des Moines Register poll found that 48 percent of voters said they would "definitely" vote for a candidate besides Trump, while 20 percent said that they would consider it. Just 26 percent of likely voters said they would definitely vote for Trump in 2020.

Iowa traditionally holds the first caucuses of the presidential nominating process, and is set to be the first battleground for Democrats looking to run in 2020.

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Fourty-four percent of voters in the Des Moines Register poll said that they approve of Trump's job performance so far, an upswing from December, when just 35 percent said the same.

According to the poll, 40 percent of Iowans say the country is heading in the right direction, compared to just 29 who said the same in December.

Trump won the state of Iowa by nearly 10 percentage points over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonColorado governor teases possible presidential run Mueller asks judge for September sentencing for Papadopoulos House Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts MORE in 2016. During the GOP primary, Trump finished second in the caucuses behind Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (R-Texas), losing by 3.3 percent.

The poll of 801 respondents in Iowa was conducted Jan. 28-31 and has an overall margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. The subset of 656 likely voters carries a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

- This story was corrected on Feb. 11 to accurately reflect the poll results.