What do Iowans think about the U.S. Senate, presidential races? A new Iowa Poll offers answers
Starting Saturday, Sept. 19 at DesMoinesRegister.com and in the Des Moines Sunday Register, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll will check the pulse of Iowans on the upcoming election and other issues.
Full polling results will be released over the coming week.
The first release, at 6 p.m. Saturday online, will report likely Iowa voters' opinions on the race between Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and her Democratic challenger, Theresa Greenfield, as well as the voters' responses to questions specific to each candidate.
The release Saturday of the Senate race poll results, which will also appear in Sunday's newspaper, will be followed with results on likely Iowa voters' opinions on a question related to the U.S. House elections and then on the presidential race.
The presidential race, between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, has been competitive in Iowa, according to past polls. An Iowa Poll conducted June 7-10 showed Trump leading Biden by just 1 percentage point, 44% to 43%.
September Iowa Poll results
- PRESIDENTIAL:Donald Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a dead heat six weeks to Election Day
- SENATE: Theresa Greenfield narrowly leads Joni Ernst in hyper-competitive Senate race
- CONGRESSIONAL:All four of state's congressional races close heading into final stretch of campaign
- REYNOLDS: More Iowans now disapprove than approve of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ handling of COVID-19
- GRASSLEY: Sen. Chuck Grassley's favorability is under 50% for second consecutive poll
- TOP ISSUES: What is the top issue as likely voters consider their choices? Republicans, Democrats sharply split
- VOTING: Voting early? Or on Election Day? Iowa Poll shows Republican/Democratic split
- PROTESTS: Most Iowans say protests have been more harmful than helpful in raising awareness of racial issues
- MASKS: Iowans are wearing masks more often to ward off the coronavirus, especially if they're Democrats
- SCHOOLS: Most Iowans think it's safe for students to attend school in person, but there's a partisan split
In the following days, results will explore Iowans' opinions on other topics, including the job Gov. Kim Reynolds is doing; their feelings about students going back to school during the coronavirus pandemic; their views on the protests about police practices; and what they consider the top issues in the November election.
The Des Moines Sunday Register on Sept. 27 will explore Iowans' opinions and reactions to the pandemic, mask wearing and a potential coronavirus vaccine.
The Iowa Poll has been a Register exclusive since 1943. The poll is conducted in collaboration with Mediacom, the largest cable company in Iowa and the nation’s fifth-largest cable company based on video customers.
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Iowa-based polling firm Selzer & Co. conducts the Iowa Poll for the Register.
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