Poll: Iowa Democrats love the Green New Deal

Source: Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019

The Green New Deal enjoys sky-high support among Iowa Democrats, according to a new poll — a sign the ambitious climate plan could play a significant role in the state’s milestone presidential caucus and the 2020 Democratic primary overall.

A survey of 351 likely Democratic caucusgoers found that 72% of these registered Iowa voters thought it was either “very important” or “somewhat important” for the eventual Democratic nominee to support the Green New Deal.

Only 11% viewed the issue as not important, according to findings released yesterday by Monmouth University.

One possible explanation for the Green New Deal’s widespread support among Iowa Democrats is the broad backing the plan receives from the candidates themselves.

No fewer than seven Democratic presidential contenders have co-sponsored a congressional resolution in support of the Green New Deal and its vision of fighting climate change with a government-led jobs program.

They include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who finished second at 16% to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 27% in terms of early Iowa momentum, the poll found.

Out of the 24 announced and potential candidates, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., came in third at 9%. He was followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 7%, California Sen. Kamala Harris at 7%, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at 6%, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 4%, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker at 3% and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro at 2%.

Warren, Harris, Klobuchar and Booker have also co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution.

The high marks for both the Green New Deal and its supporters track with a general interest in the environment among Iowa Democrats.

Asked to name one or two important issues, 17% picked climate change, and 12% chose environment or pollution. The combined attention to environmental concerns was second only to health care, at 51%.

Monmouth University conducted the poll from April 4 to April 9. The margin of error was 5.2 percentage points.