New Iowa poll shows Beto O’Rourke dropping, now behind Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang
Beto O'Rourke is tanking so fast, even his critics feel bad for him. Image via Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Beto O'Rourke Begins First Campaign Swing In Iowa As A Presidential Candidate
Joe Biden maintains similar support from April, though his lead is shrinking.

A new Monmouth University survey of likely Iowa caucus voters has former Vice President Joe Biden‘s lead shrinking, while former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas is seeing his support drop to less than 1 percent.

The poll comes four months after Monmouth’s previous survey of Iowa voters, back in April. At that time, Biden had not formally entered the race but was sitting at 27 percent support. He secured 28 percent support in the latest survey, which ran from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4.

Closing in on Biden is U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who rose from 7 percent in April to 19 percent in August. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California was in third with 11 percent support, followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 9 percent and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 8 percent.

O’Rourke was polling at 6 percent in April, just a hair behind a tie for fourth. But he’s now plummeted to less than 1 percent support.

That puts him behind some of the non-politician crowd, such as billionaire hedge fund manager and activist Tom Steyer, who sits at 3 percent, and former tech executive Andrew Yang, who earned 2 percent.

Steyer sits in a tie for sixth along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, less than a month after he entered the campaign. It’s yet another survey showing Steyer making an impact in the early primary states.

Yang, meanwhile, is now tied with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York for eight place at 2 percent. Yang is coming off a strong debate performance which netted him more than $1 million in the following four days.

Monmouth’s survey sampled 681 likely caucus voters.

Iowa voters will be the first to cast their ballots in the 2020 Democratic primary, when they vote on Feb. 3.

The Democrats will once again take to the debate stage in mid-September.

Ryan Nicol

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  • terrikjacobs

    August 8, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:
    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)
    -Voting rights for non citizens
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.
    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.
    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.
    -Massive tax increases.
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Free abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -Green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise minimum wage (expect massive reduction in full time jobs & loss of health care benefits)
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every rac “harmed” by the white man.
    –Same sex marriages.
    -Convicts, terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    *Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube. Pay particular attention to when the moderator asks the candidates to “raise your hand” if in favor questions. The choice is yours.

    • Ray Sharradh

      August 11, 2019 at 9:37 am

      While some (but clearly not all) of those bullet points have been floated, NONE has been adopted by the DNC. NOBODY (Dem or GOP) has advocated for either “open borders” or stopping all deportations. Some Dems have advocated for removing border crossing from the criminal code, but would remain a civil code violation with resulting enforcement action to continue to consist of civil penalty ($$$$) as well as deportation and bar to legal entry for seven years. Well over half of your bullet points are outright incorrect, otherwise known as “lies”.

  • Kevin Ngo

    August 9, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Keep posting about Yang, and I’m going to keep coming back here to floridapolitics. Great article, Ryan!

  • Ray Sharradh

    August 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Beto neeeds to mind his mouth as well as his emotions. Americans want a presidential president that will return dignity to the office. And although I like Andrew Yang, tears are NEVER a good look on the campaign trail. These are not the people I want walking around with the nuclear codes.

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