A key Democratic Party presidential primary poll from Iowa that was killed over the weekend over concerns from one of the respondents allegedly showed that the far-left candidates in the race were surging well above the race’s perceived moderates.
Over the weekend, the Des Moines Register explained their decision to kill the poll:
Nothing is more important to the Register and its polling partners than the integrity of the Iowa Poll. Today, a respondent raised an issue with the way the survey was administered, which could have compromised the results of the poll. It appears a candidate’s name was omitted in at least one interview in which the respondent was asked to name their preferred candidate.
While this appears to be isolated to one surveyor, that could not be confirmed with certainty. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the partners made the difficult decision not to move forward with releasing the poll. The poll was the last one scheduled by the polling partners before the first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, which are Monday.
On Monday, FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone reported that the poll showed Bernie Sanders at 22%, Elizabeth Warren at 18%, Pete Buttigieg at 16%, and Joe Biden at 13%.
Results from the poll were first reported by right-leaning political commentator Mike Cernovich over the weekend.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 4, 2020
The news comes as results from the Iowa caucuses are expected to be announced tonight.
The following are snippets from in-depth profile pieces that Daily Wire Editor at Large Josh Hammer wrote last September highlighting Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, and Biden:
Sanders on the issues:
…has consistently advocated for economic class warfare that pits the lower and middle classes against the wealthy. He has routinely supported anti-capitalistic and anti-growth economic policies, heavy-handed government regulation over the private economy, robust labor unions, and the Nordic model of a sprawling welfare state. On foreign policy, he has frequently mollycoddled communist dictatorships and has often been hostile toward America’s closest geopolitical allies. Overall, he is a far-left progressive who has long defined the leftward flank of what it means to be a progressive in America.
Warren on the issues:
Warren is a hard-left progressive who often takes the most left-wing stance possible on any given legal or public policy issue. Similar to Bernie Sanders, Warren is well known for her populist “class warfare”-style rhetoric that rhetorically and substantively pits the working and middle classes against the wealthy. She has generally supported anti-capitalistic and anti-growth economic policies, heavy-handed government regulation over the private economy, robust labor unions, and the Nordic model of a sprawling welfare state. Along with Sanders, Warren’s views on economics and the proper size and scope of government place her firmly on the leftward flank of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate field.
Biden on the issues:
Although Biden now presents himself as a moderate, centrist figure, the totality of his political career, overall, suggests that he is a firm leftist. Biden has dabbled at times in moderation, including previous support for tough-on-crime legislation and his longstanding stance that he is “personally pro-life” despite his support of legalized abortion. However, he has long been a progressive on legal issues, economic issues, and foreign policy issues, and even preempted President Obama’s “evolution” when, in 2012, he confirmed that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage.
Buttigieg on the issues:
On The Issues: Buttigieg has occasionally postured as somewhat of a centrist, but his public policy stances reveal him to be, much like many of his 2020 Democratic presidential nomination rivals, an across-the-board leftist. As the only open homosexual in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, it is notable that he both opposes banning transgender Americans from the military and supports the “Equality Act.”
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