Trump Is Holding Strong Among Iowa Republicans, But Some Wouldn’t Mind Seeing a 2020 Challenger

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A new Iowa poll showed that President Donald Trump’s re-election support and approval rating have stayed strong in the state among Republicans, but some in the party hope for a Republican primary challenger to the president in 2020.

The poll — published Monday by the Des Moines Register, CNN, and Mediacom — found the president‘s approval rating among registered Republicans in the state remained at 81 percent from December 2018, while favorability toward the Trump administration grew 5 percentage points from the same month, hitting 82 percent.

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Of the four potential primary opponents to the president, only Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich managed to reach the double digits in favorability among registered Iowa Republicans, with the two hitting 10 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Neither has declared their intention to run in 2020.

However, Republicans in Iowa are split on whether they hope the president faces a primary challenger in 2020; 40 percent of registered Republicans said that they hoped for a challenger, 41 percent said they wanted the opposite, and 19 percent said they were unsure.

Of the 40 percent hoping for a primary challenge, 63 percent of those respondents said that they approved of Trump’s performance in his presidency, and 66 percent viewed him favorably. Meanwhile, of those hoping he isn’t challenged, 97 percent approved of his performance, and 95 percent viewed him favorably.

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The poll also found that only 38 percent of the respondents who are hoping Trump faces a primary challenger would “definitely” vote to re-elect the president, while 92 percent of those hoping that he will not face a challenger said they would “definitely” vote for him.

Trump faces a large pool of potential Democratic general election nominees as the 2020 presidential election gears up, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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