A whopping 77% of likely Republican caucus attendees in Iowa say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate who supports using the U.S. military to secure the southern border, while another 65% say they’re more likely to support a candidate who fights against the “left power”. awake agenda.”
In contrast, more than half of likely Republican caucus attendees in Iowa — 54% — say they are less likely to vote for candidates who “aggressively criticize” former President Donald Trump because of the multiple criminal charges he faces.
That’s according to recently released numbers from Iowa’s latest NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll, which measured seven different issues among the Iowa Republican electorate ahead of Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.
Only 16% of those surveyed say they are more likely to support a candidate who criticizes Trump in the manner described, while a further 29% say they don’t care if a candidate aggressively criticizes Trump or not.
Another unpopular stance among likely Republican caucus-goers is to “continue U.S. military aid to Ukraine,” with 43% of those surveyed saying this stance would make them less likely to support a candidate, versus 35% more likely to support such a candidate to support.
On abortion, 54% of those surveyed say they would be more likely to support a candidate who wants to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks, with exceptions. Twenty-four percent of those polled say they would be less likely to support a candidate who supports a 15-week nationwide ban on abortion.
Last month, Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law a law banning women from having abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies. Currently, the law is suspended pending lawsuits over its constitutionality.
Nearly 60% of those surveyed say the blocked measure is “doing well” when it comes to states regulating access to abortion. Thirty percent of those surveyed say the state now has “too many restrictions” on abortion and 9% say the state still has “too few restrictions” on this area.
The NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom survey was conducted Aug. 13 through Aug. 17 among 406 likely Republican caucus attendees who said they will definitely or probably attend the 2024 caucuses. It has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
This article was originally published on NBCNews.com