WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Pat. Senator Bernie Sander's Gaining Momentum against him in the No. 4: Vice President Joe Biden 2 spot.
FILE PHOTO: Shaper U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 1
Biden, who has not been announced, is the first choice for president of Iowa Democratic caucus-goers with 27 percent in the Des Moines Register / CNN / Mediacom Iowa Poll. Sanders, 77, got 25 percent.
"If I'm Joe Biden sitting on the fence and I'm making this poll, this might make me want to jump in," J. Ann Selzer, President of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register.
The newspaper's Iowa poll has a long track record of relative accuracy in the state that kicks off the presidential nominating process. In this cycle, Iowa wants to hold the first contest in the Democratic race in February 2020.
Nearly 65 percent of the voters said Biden, 76, who was also a. senator first elected in 1972, has more experience than any other candidate and should enter the race, while 31 percent said he was a candidate has passed.
Sanders, a progressive populist who held a rally in Iowa last week, gained 6 percentage points from 19 percent in the group's previous poll released in December. Biden fell 5 percent points from 32 percent in the last poll.
Republican President Donald Trump and Democrats are still waiting for decisions in B & B Congressor Beto O '
Rourke of Texas.
Sanders, who lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, typically is in second. In those polls, Senator Kamala Harris of California has vaulted into third ahead of other senators including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
In the Iowa poll, Warren was third with 9 percent of voters, and Harris was fourth with 7 percent. O'Rourke got 5 percent of voters, down 6 percentage points from December.
It was the Register's first Iowa poll since candidates started in the beginning of the year. Iowa caucus-goers on issues that have dominated the early discussion and drawn support from most of the Democratic Presidential contenders.
The Green New Deal, a proposal by Democrats in Congress on tackle climate change, which is supported by the full majority of the Democratic voters, partially by 26 percent, with 4 percent not supporting. The deal would make government programs on clean energy and make energy efficient while helping to address poverty.
Support for Medicare-for-all, a plan first proposed by Sanders in 2017, to replace the current mix of private and government funded healthcare coverage. It was supported by 49 percent of the likely caucus-goers, partially by 35 percent, with 11 percent not supporting.
Reporting by Timothy Gardner, additional reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Richard Chang