Buttigieg dominates Iowa field in Brand New CNN poll

Henrietta Brewer
November 17, 2019

Mr. Buttigieg was the top choice of 25% of likely caucus-goers, according to the poll - a 16-point increase compared to a September CNN/DMR poll.

Support for Pete Buttigieg, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has surged among Democrat primary voters in Iowa, according to a new poll that puts him around 10 points ahead of his nearest rivals.

Even the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, hit the 25 p.c markers - a 16-point scale since September that place him almost 10 ratio points away from his foremost rivals.

In addition to identifying a new Iowa front-runner, the poll has once again delineated a clear divide between the top tier of Democratic candidates - Mr. Buttigieg, Ms. Warren, Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders - and the rest of the field. Sanders' marketing campaign has now employed 40 staff clients in California, far excess of any of his opponents, and is coping with the situation as much like early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

No different candidates managed to crack double digits, in keeping with the survey.

Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she won't immediately push to give every American government-funded health care and instead will work to oversee passage of a sweeping "Medicare for All" program by the end of her third year if elected president - a significant step away from a plan she's long championed.

A Monmouth University poll last week that also showed Buttigieg leading in the state, through by a lesser margin of three points.

Prior polls have shown Buttigieg, Biden, Warren and Sanders levels of support essentially even.

Speaking after the poll came out at a democratic convention in Long Beach, California, the t37-year-old military veteran said his campaign had felt "a lot of momentum on the ground". Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who only recently said he would run for the Democratic nomination scored 2 percent support, while Michael Bennett garnered one percent.

Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats on Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party's liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. Like Buttigieg, 7 percent say Biden's views are too liberal.

Buttigieg spent $870,000 on television advertisements in Iowa from November 5 to 11. Biden was viewed favorably by 64 percent of respondents, while Sanders was at 61 percent.

Another bright spot in the numbers for Buttigieg is that 63 percent of likely caucusgoers think his views are about right, the highest of the four candidates tested.

"He's more than just a Goldilocks", the Utah congresswoman continued. The legislation, she said, will pave the way for tens of millions of people to get health insurance coverage "at little or no cost".

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