A focus group of citizens in Iowa found that Democratic candidates running for president have an uphill climb when it comes to courting voters in the state.
The Engagious/FPG focus group found that its participants weren’t particularly excited about any of the Democrats running, reporting from Axios explained.
But Democrats did have one advantage over President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 matchup, it seemed: voters want to see a general easing of the struggles that working-class individuals deal with every day, specifically those with student debt.
The focus group, which consisted of swing voters who chose then-candidate for president Donald Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, found that there was strong support for a student loan debt plan for Americans that would lessen the burden of student debt by up to $50,000 for households that earn less than $100,000.
The proposal is one that’s touted by Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren. It would provide relief for families earning more than that amount as well, on a sliding scale measure based on how much income they earn overall.
It’s a plan that’s not just popular in Iowa, either: 56 percent of Americans support the measure, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, while only 27 percent oppose it.
Members of the focus group took decidedly liberal stances on other issues, including how they felt about banks and corporations. The group, in fact, believed that higher taxes should be levied on banks and corporations in order to pay for an expensive infrastructure plan.
Although participants aren’t excited about Democrats, if the election comes down to the policy, their answers could provide the party’s eventual candidate with a roadmap toward victory.
Warren also got a positive reception at a Kermit, West Virginia, rally over the weekend, including from some Trump supporters in attendance at the event, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.
Some who attended her rally in West Virginia showed up in the red “Make America Great Again” hats that are analogous to the Trump campaign. But as Warren started stating policy ideas and speaking her mind on other issues, some of those Trump-backers actually nodded their head in agreement, and some even clapped for the Democrat.