Iowa Caucus 2016: First-timers Likely To Go For Trump

Iowa Caucus 2016: First-timers Likely To Go For Trump
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If a recent poll is indicating anything this early in the Iowa Caucus, it’s that the fate of Donald Trump among first-time Caucus-goers is picking up.


That is what a recent poll done by the Quinnipiac University found among Iowa Caucus attendees. In fact, among all the Republican Presidential nominees, it seems that Trump is enjoying a 31-percent lead over Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who only enjoys 24 percent of Republican Caucus support. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida only managed to rally 17 percent of votes, while Ben Carson only managed to bring in 8 percent.

On the other hand, Trump’s lead stretches further among those who would be attending the Republican Caucus for the first time. Among them, the leading GOP candidate enjoys a 40-percent lead with Cruz trailing behind at 22 percent, followed by Rubio at 15 percent and Carson at 9 percent. Trump significantly loses the lead, however, when it comes to those who had previously attended the Republican Caucus. Here, Cruz overtakes Trump with a 26-25 percent lead. They are closely followed by Rubio at 20 percent.

In addition, Trump is also a huge hit among Caucus-goers aged 18 to 44, winning over 31 percent of Caucus support while Cruz trails behind with 25 percent. Moreover, Trump also managed to secure 33 percent of Caucus support among those aged 45 to 64 and those with annual household incomes between $50,000 to $100,000. The controversial GOP candidate also leads the polls when it comes to the issue of immigration as well as jobs and the economy. When it comes to terrorism, though, poll finds that Caucus-goers believes Cruz can be just as tough while the Texas senator is also perceived to be able to handle the federal deficit better.

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And in case you’re wondering how close the poll’s findings will be to the actual result of the Iowa Caucus, consider this: 72 percent of Caucus-goers have said that their minds are already made up.