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 TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment 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 ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE in 2016. During the GOP primary, Trump finished second in the caucuses behind Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists 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.