Although support for Donald Trump remains strong among registered Iowa Republicans, 40 percent want the president to face a GOP challenger in the state’s caucuses, while 41 percent said they hope he does not have one, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released Monday.
Nineteen percent were unsure if Trump should face a Republican challenger or not.
Other results from the survey include:
- Among those who want a challenger, 63 percent approve of Trump's performance, compared with 97 percent of those who do not want him to face a challenger.
- But only 38 percent from the group wanting a GOP challenger say they will definitely vote for his re-election, compared with 92 percent who want him to run unchallenged.
- Hope for a challenger is stronger among Iowa Republican women (44 percent) than men (36 percent), among those under 45 years old (48 percent) than older ones (35 percent), those with college degrees (47 percent) than those who don't hold a four-year degree (34 percent), and most strongly, among moderates (63 percent) than among conservatives (33 percent).
- Only 18 percent in this group who want a Republican challenger in the caucuses say they see Democratic candidates who they could potentially support for president.
- Ninety percent of Iowa Republicans overall say Trump’s re-election campaign should focus more on the positive changes he has made for the country, while only 4 percent say it should concentrate on attacking his opponents.
The poll was conducted from March 3-6 among a random sample of 400 registered Republicans. Results for the sample of registered Republicans have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, and is larger for subgroups.
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