Poll: Trump holds double-digit lead in Iowa over Biden and Sanders

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE holds strong leads over both former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members MORE (I-Vt.) in potential head-to-head matchups in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll released Thursday. 

Trump leads Biden among likely voters by a 51 percent to 41 percent margin, with 8 percent of voters saying they are undecided in the hypothetical matchup. 

Trump gets the support of 53 percent of likely voters in a matchup with Sanders, who gets 41 percent support. Six percent of voters are undecided in a Trump-Sanders head-to-head. 


The president is buoyed by a net-positive approval rating — 50 percent of Iowans approve of the job he’s doing, while 47 percent disapprove. Thursday’s poll marks the first time in which Trump’s approval rating has broken even in the survey. 

“That is a high-water mark in the Iowa Poll,” said J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Co., which conducted the survey. 

While Democrats hope to remain competitive in Iowa, the Hawkeye State has trended Republican in statewide contests.

Iowa voted for former President Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but went for Trump by wider margins in 2016 than more solidly conservative states such as Texas.

The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll surveyed 667 likely general election voters from March 2-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.