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    Fox News Poll: Cruz, Trump ahead in Iowa, Clinton holds caucus lead

    Fox News Poll: Cruz, Trump ahead in Iowa, Clinton holds caucus lead

    By Dana Blanton Published December 13, 2015 FoxNews.com

    Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are the top two candidates Iowa Republican caucus-goers say are the most qualified to handle the top two issues facing the country -- the economy and national security.

    That gives them front-runner status in a new Fox News poll of Iowa likely caucus-goers.

    The poll, released Sunday, also finds Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by double-digits among Democrats in the Hawkeye State.

    Cruz garners 28 percent support and Trump 26 percent among GOP likely caucus-goers. Together they command more than half of the total support. Rubio comes in third with 13 percent. Carson, the Iowa front-runner in October, is fourth with 10 percent. Those four compose the clear top tier.

    Five percent back Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. All other candidates come in at two percent or less.

    When the results are narrowed to just those GOP caucus-goers who say they will “definitely” attend, Cruz’s advantage over Trump increases: 32 percent vs. 25 percent. Trump has a 3-point edge over Cruz among those who say they will “probably” attend.

    “This is Trump’s challenge in Iowa,” says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson. “Those who are definitely going to caucus are less likely to support him, so he needs to motivate people to attend who may not usually do so.” Anderson conducts the Fox News Poll along with Republican pollster Daron Shaw.

    GOP caucus-goers who identify as “very” conservative help propel Cruz in Iowa, as 4 in 10 back him (42 percent). Trump comes in second with 23 percent and Carson gets 14 percent among this group.

    White evangelical Christians are a significant voting bloc in Iowa and they also put Cruz on top, although by a narrower margin. He gets 31 percent compared to 24 percent for Trump. Another 14 percent go for Rubio and 10 percent Carson.

    Caucus-goers with a college degree prefer Cruz by 5 points (26 vs. 21 percent), while those without a degree go for Trump by 3 points (32 vs. 29 percent).

    Cruz gets his highest support -- 48 percent -- from those who are part of the Tea Party movement -- that’s double Trump’s 24 percent.

    Meanwhile, Cruz has more room than Trump to grow his support in Iowa. Three in 10 caucus-goers say they could “never” support Trump (30 percent), while just 6 percent say the same about Cruz. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) says they couldn’t back Bush, and roughly one in 10 couldn’t back Christie, Kasich, Paul and Graham.

    The economy and national security are the two most important issues to Iowa GOP caucus-goers. Who can best handle those? Trump and Cruz.

    Trump is, by far, seen as the most qualified to handle the economy (41 percent), while Cruz comes in a distant second (17 percent). No one else makes it into double-digits.

    They are also seen as the two most qualified to handle national security -- just in reverse order. Cruz takes the mantle on security with 30 percent and Trump gets 20 percent. Another 11 percent pick Rubio.

    Iowa GOPers are looking for a candidate who is a strong leader (25 percent) and honest and trustworthy (22 percent). Those traits are more important than being a true conservative (18 percent), shaking things up in Washington (14 percent), and defeating the Democrat (11 percent).

    But who can win? Thirty-two percent say that candidate is Trump. That’s about twice as many as think Cruz (18 percent) and Rubio (14 percent) can beat Clinton in 2016.

    Most GOP caucus-goers are dissatisfied with how things are going in the country (87 percent), and nearly seven in 10 say from their family’s perspective -- it feels like the economy is getting worse (67 percent).

    Democratic Caucus

    By a 50-36 percent margin, Clinton leads Sanders among likely Democratic caucus-goers.

    Women go for Clinton by 57-31 percent. Support among men splits: 42 percent for Sanders vs. 40 percent for Clinton.

    The under age 45 crowd backs Sanders by 22 points, while those ages 45+ are more likely to support Clinton by 35.

    "It's still probably the case that Sanders' best chance to make the Democratic nomination process competitive is to win in Iowa and then carry New Hampshire," says Shaw. "These results suggest Bernie has a lot of work to do."

    Fifty-four percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers are satisfied with the direction of the country, and by a 17-point margin, they say the economy is getter better rather than worse (47-30 percent).

    The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). The poll was conducted December 7-10, 2015, by telephone (landline and cellphone) with live interviewers among a random sample of 807 Iowa caucus-goers selected from a statewide voter file. Results for the 357 likely Democratic caucus-goers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points and for the 450 likely Republican caucus-goers it is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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    Cruz gets his highest support -- 48 percent -- from those who are part of the Tea Party movement -- that’s double Trump’s 24 percent.
    If this is accurate, Trump needs to meet with the Tea Party leaders in Iowa and find out what it is that he's not offering that Cruz is. One thing comes to mind and that's the FairTax. Most Tea Party supporters are FairTax supporters. Cruz is a Co-Sponsor of the FairTax in the US Senate and has been since he was in the US Senate. I'm a FairTax supporter and as such it was really hard for me to go with Trump when he came out for a revision of the income tax code instead of the FairTax. I believe he likes the FairTax based on statements about it he had made earlier but he may have thought there weren't enough Democrats behind it to take that position into a General Election because as simple as it is, it takes a few minutes to explain it rather than a few seconds. Trump was great on immigration and trade and so I decided not to let it dampen my support for him, because I believe the FairTax will rise on its own in 2017 through Congress with a Republican in the White House.

    It might help Trump in Iowa and even other States to let the Tea Party movement know that he will support and lobby a Congressional effort to pass the FairTax and that he would definitely sign it into law as President, but that his own tax plan is an easier platform to win the General Election and achieve in the meantime, which is the only reasons I can come up with for Trump not having made the FairTax his tax plan.

    Another key to winning Iowa may also just be the ground game and getting all Trump supporters to the caucases. But if you want a blow out in Iowa, I would still sit down with the Tea Party activists in Iowa and see if it's the FairTax issue or something else. It might be the stance on NSA spying, we must stop that and not use terrorism to revive it. That may also be an issue with the Tea Partiers.

    Just some thoughts trying to explain the otherwise inexplicable.

    FairTax Act of 2015: HR 25 in the US House of Representatives and S 155 in the US Senate.
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