Entrance polls: Iowa caucusgoers prioritize electability, health care

Entrance polls: Iowa caucusgoers prioritize electability, health care
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Iowa caucusgoers are prioritizing candidates’ perceived electability and health care policies in choosing who to vote for in the Hawkeye State’s crucial first nominating contest, according to a Monday entrance poll. 

Voters overwhelmingly said they wanted a Democratic candidate who could defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE in November over someone who neatly aligns with their ideologies. About 60 percent of respondents to an entrance poll said they want the Democratic Party to nominate a candidate who "can beat Donald Trump."

As far as issues are concerned, health care was widely considered to be the most important to Iowa Democrats. Forty-two percent of caucusgoers said that health care matters most to them in making their decision.


Climate change and income inequality were the second- and third-most important issues. 

The poll was conducted before Iowa voters began to caucus and divvy up support for the Democratic candidates running in Monday’s vote.

Centrist candidates such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE (D-Minn.) have repeatedly argued they are better positioned to beat Trump in November, while more liberal candidates such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) say bold ideas are required to unite the country and recapture the White House.

Health care has emerged as a chief fissure in the primary field. Biden, Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE have proposed expanding the Affordable Care Act to include a public option, while progressives such as Sanders and Warren have introduced different plans to replace private insurance with “Medicare for All.”