Before we know it, (or even want to think about it), the 2024 election cycle will be upon us. Given what the nation endured after the last go-round, it is doubtful that too many folks are truly looking forward to the process again so soon.
But, as we learned this week, Donald Trump is already raring to go, having been talked out of announcing his 2024 campaign during the disastrous end of the war in Afghanistan. This strategic maneuvering was meant to keep Trump away from the discourse of the 2022 midterms, so that the Democrats couldn’t simply use his name to whip up voters.
This is not to say that Trump isn’t going to run, or that he’s not still incredibly popular with conservatives. In fact, a new poll is Iowa shows renewed enthusiasm for the former Commander in Chief.
Donald Trump is now more popular in Iowa than he ever was as president, according to a new poll. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa found that 53% of Iowans now have a favorable view of Trump. That’s the highest favorability rating he’s ever scored in the state. A record low of 45% of Iowans said their view of Trump was mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable. Some 2% still haven’t made their minds up about the Republican. In the 2020 election, Trump won the state over Joe Biden 53% to 45%. The poll found President Biden’s approval rating in Iowa has hit a new low: Only 37% have favorable feelings toward him.
Poll respondents said they like Trump because he is not a traditional politician, the Registerreports. “Doesn’t make a difference whether they were Democrat or Republican—they were all politicians,” 81-year-old Jerry Steward said of Trump’s predecessors. “He is not that. I don’t know what he is, but he’s not that.” Trump plans to visit the state Saturday for a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, his first rally in the state since his 2020 campaign.
Iowa has long been considered a steadfast political barometer here in the United States, and this latest bit of polling could be the harbinger of stormy weather for the Democrats.