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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 TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' 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 BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin MORE (D-Minn.) have repeatedly argued they are better positioned to beat Trump in November, while more liberal candidates such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSocially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax 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: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican 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.”