There is a yawning attitude gap between likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants and their Democratic counterparts on income inequality, immigration and the battle against ISIS, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Democrats and Republicans also disagree, but to a lesser extent, on the type of experience they want in a president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
Likely Republican caucus-goers say 70 – 25 percent that the federal government should not pursue policies to reduce the income gap between wealthy and less wealthy Americans.
Likely Democratic caucus-goers say 91 – 6 percent that the federal government should try to reduce income inequality.
Among Republicans, 46 percent say illegal immigrants should be required to leave, with 34 percent saying illegal immigrants should stay and be offered a path to citizenship and 17 percent say that they should stay, but with no path to citizenship.
Among Democrats, 83 percent say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship, while 9 percent say they should stay, but with no path to citizenship, and 8 percent say they should be required to leave.
Republicans support 72 – 23 percent sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Democrats oppose sending troops 63 – 29 percent.
“Iowa, with the caucuses that kick off the 2016 election, is a perfect example of just how differently Democrats and Republicans see completely different worlds,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“The differences, highlighted by a Quinnipiac University poll of those who say they are likely to vote in the February caucuses, are striking,” Brown added.
“Ideas that are part of Democratic orthodoxy are an anathema to Republicans, and vice versa. Democrats think illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the United States and eventually become citizens. Republicans don’t.
“Democrats want government to pursue policies that are aimed at reducing the income gap between the wealthy and those lower on the income scale, Republicans say no.”
Looking for the right presidential candidate, likely Republican caucus goers say:
55 – 42 percent that the right experience is better than fresh ideas;
83 – 9 percent that political experience outside Washington is better than inside experience;
68 – 28 percent that working in business is better preparation for a president than working in government;
60 – 38 percent that a candidate who comes closest to their views on issues is better than
a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Democratic presidential candidate.
What likely Democratic caucus goers want in a presidential candidate is:
50 – 43 percent for the right experience over fresh ideas;
50 – 31 percent that political experience inside Washington is better than outside experience;
76 – 14 percent that government experience is better preparation for a president than business;
58 – 39 percent that a candidate who comes closest to their views on issues is better than a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Republican candidate.
From June 20 – 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 666 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points and 761 likely Iowa Democratic Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.