With less than eight months from the Iowa caucuses, voters are beginning to think about issues their candidate must support to gain their vote. Iowa is an important state for not only the candidates themselves, but voters throughout the U.S.


A recent Des Moines Register poll shows climate change is an important issue for likely Iowa caucus-goers in 2020. The poll, conducted from June 2 to 5, 2019, surveyed 600 Iowans who are likely caucus participants.


Survey participants were asked if having their candidate recognize climate change as the greatest threat to humanity is a must-have. Seventy-five percent answered that recognizing the severity of climate change is necessary for them to support a candidate. This was the second-highest rated category by the participants in the survey.


In the poll, survey participants also rated whether or not supporting the proposed Green New Deal was a crucial requirement for them to caucus for the candidate. About a third, 33 percent, of participants answered that their preferred candidate must support the Green New Deal, compared to 43 percent of participants who said it is not essential for their chosen candidate to support the proposal.


As the beginning of the Iowa caucuses inches closer, candidates will continue to face questions about their climate agenda. Voters have made clear this issue will remain a priority in the 2020 presidential election.