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 signs bill averting shutdown after brief funding lapse Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus 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.

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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 BidenPrivacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus Trump crowd chants 'lock her up' about Omar as president warns of refugees in Minnesota MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.) have repeatedly argued they are better positioned to beat Trump in November, while more liberal candidates such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats say Biden survived brutal debate — and that's enough The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate Trump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren slams Trump over Proud Boys comments Ocasio-Cortez, Warren pull out of New Yorker Festival amid labor dispute The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate 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 ButtigiegCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November 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.”