July 6, 2015 - Income Inequality, Immigration Divide Iowa Dems, GOP, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Big Split On Sending U.S. Troops To Fight ISIS Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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There is a yawning attitude gap between likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants and their Democratic counterparts on income inequality, immigration and the battle against ISIS, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Democrats and Republicans also disagree, but to a lesser extent, on the type of experience they want in a president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Likely Republican caucus-goers say 70 - 25 percent that the federal government should not pursue policies to reduce the income gap between wealthy and less wealthy Americans.

Likely Democratic caucus-goers say 91 - 6 percent that the federal government should try to reduce income inequality.

Among Republicans, 46 percent say illegal immigrants should be required to leave, with 34 percent saying illegal immigrants should stay and be offered a path to citizenship and 17 percent say that they should stay, but with no path to citizenship.

Among Democrats, 83 percent say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay and apply for citizenship, while 9 percent say they should stay, but with no path to citizenship, and 8 percent say they should be required to leave.

Republicans support 72 - 23 percent sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Democrats oppose sending troops 63 - 29 percent.

"Iowa, with the caucuses that kick off the 2016 election, is a perfect example of just how differently Democrats and Republicans see completely different worlds," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"The differences, highlighted by a Quinnipiac University poll of those who say they are likely to vote in the February caucuses, are striking," Brown added.

"Ideas that are part of Democratic orthodoxy are an anathema to Republicans, and vice versa. Democrats think illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the United States and eventually become citizens. Republicans don't.

"Democrats want government to pursue policies that are aimed at reducing the income gap between the wealthy and those lower on the income scale, Republicans say no."

Looking for the right presidential candidate, likely Republican caucus goers say:
  • 55 - 42 percent that the right experience is better than fresh ideas;
  • 83 - 9 percent that political experience outside Washington is better than inside experience;
  • 68 - 28 percent that working in business is better preparation for a president than working in government;
  • 60 - 38 percent that a candidate who comes closest to their views on issues is better than a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Democratic presidential candidate.
What likely Democratic caucus goers want in a presidential candidate is:
  • 50 - 43 percent for the right experience over fresh ideas;
  • 50 - 31 percent that political experience inside Washington is better than outside experience;
  • 76 - 14 percent that government experience is better preparation for a president than business;
  • 58 - 39 percent that a candidate who comes closest to their views on issues is better than a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Republican candidate.
From June 20 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 666 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points and 761 likely Iowa Democratic Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

53. Which one is more important to you in a presidential candidate having the right experience or having fresh ideas?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Right experience     55%    45%    57%    55%    57%    54%    49%    65%
Fresh ideas          42     53     40     40     41     45     49     31
DK/NA                 3      2      4      5      2      -      3      4
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Right experience     50%    41%    49%    59%    43%    55%
Fresh ideas          43     55     46     32     52     36
DK/NA                 7      5      5      9      5      9
 
 
54. Would you rather have a presidential candidate whose political experience was mostly outside of Washington or mostly in the government in Washington?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Outside Washington   83%    86%    85%    87%    85%    74%    84%    82%
In Washington         9      6      8      6      8     16      9      9
DK/NA                 8      8      7      7      6     10      6      9
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Outside Washington   31%    27%    28%    39%    32%    31%
In Washington        50     55     50     46     49     51
DK/NA                19     19     22     15     20     18
 
 
55. What do you think is the best preparation for being President working in government or working in business?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Government           28%    17%    26%    20%    29%    41%    26%    30%
Business             68     79     69     74     67     56     68     67
DK/NA                 5      4      6      6      4      3      6      3
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Government           76%    85%    79%    69%    76%    77%
Business             14     11     12     18     17     12
DK/NA                10      4      9     13      8     11
 
 
56. In selecting a presidential nominee for the Republican Party, which is more important to you: a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Democratic candidate or a candidate who comes closest to your views on issues?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Defeat Dem candidate 38%    34%    35%    35%    45%    36%    35%    44%
Closest to views     60     65     63     63     54     63     64     55
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1      1      1      1
 
 
59. In selecting a presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, which is more important to you: a candidate with the best chance to defeat the Republican candidate or a candidate who comes closest to your views on issues?
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Defeat Rep candidate 39%    43%    36%    37%    40%    38%
Closest to views     58     55     62     59     59     57
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      1      4
 
 
62. Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Should               25%    11%    23%    13%    23%    46%    23%    28%
Should not           70     83     71     83     69     50     73     66
DK/NA                 5      6      5      5      7      4      5      6
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Should               91%    95%    93%    86%    93%    89%
Should not            6      3      5      9      5      7
DK/NA                 3      2      2      5      2      4
 
 
62 & 62A. Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans? COMBINED WITH: (If Should/Should not q62) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                     Q62 & Q62A COMBINED...................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Should/Strongly      12%     6%    12%     7%    11%    21%    10%    15%
Should/Somewhat      13      5     11      6     13     25     13     12
Should not/Somewhat  11     11     13      8     15     13     11     11
Should not/Strongly  59     72     58     74     54     37     61     55
DK/NA (Q62 or 62A)    6      6      5      5      7      4      5      7
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                     Q62 & Q62A COMBINED...................
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Should/Strongly      77%    89%    79%    65%    81%    74%
Should/Somewhat      14      6     14     22     13     15
Should not/Somewhat   4      2      4      6      2      5
Should not/Strongly   2      1      2      3      2      2
DK/NA (Q62 or 62A)    3      2      2      5      2      4
 
 
63. Which comes closest to your view about illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States? A) They should be allowed to stay in the United States and to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. B) They should be allowed to remain in the United States, but not be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship. C) They should be required to leave the U.S.
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  34%    19%    29%    23%    38%    47%    32%    37%
B) Stay/Not citizen  17     17     11     15     20     15     19     13
C) Not stay          46     60     56     58     37     37     47     45
DK/NA                 3      3      4      4      5      1      2      5
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
A) Stay/Citizenship  83%    88%    89%    75%    81%    84%
B) Stay/Not citizen   9      5      8     12      9      8
C) Not stay           8      7      3     11     10      6
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1
 
 
64. Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                                   Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Support              72%    75%    74%    78%    67%    67%    71%    73%
Oppose               23     20     19     15     29     29     24     20
DK/NA                 6      5      7      7      4      4      5      7
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Support              29%    23%    33%    33%    32%    27%
Oppose               63     68     60     60     64     62
DK/NA                 8      9      7      7      5     11
 
 
64 & 64A. Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria? COMBINED WITH: (If support/oppose q64) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
                     LIKELY REP CAUCUS-GOERS.............................
                     Q64 & Q64A COMBINED...................
                     Wht    POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            Tea    BrnAgn CONSERVATIVE  Mod/
                     Tot    Party  Evang  Very   Smwht  Lib    Men    Wom
 
Support/Strongly     51%    58%    52%    55%    46%    52%    52%    50%
Support/Somewhat     20     17     22     23     21     15     19     23
Oppose/Somewhat       8      7      8      6      9      8      8      7
Oppose/Strongly      15     13     12      9     20     21     16     14
DK/NA (Q64 or 64A)    6      5      7      7      4      4      5      7
 
                     LIKELY DEM CAUCUS-GOERS...............
                     Q64 & Q64A COMBINED...................
                            POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                            LIBERAL.....  Mod/
                     Tot    Very   Smwht  Cons   Men    Wom
 
Support/Strongly     14%    11%    15%    18%    19%    11%
Support/Somewhat     15     12     18     15     13     16
Oppose/Somewhat      16     16     19     15     16     16
Oppose/Strongly      46     52     41     44     47     45
DK/NA (Q64 or 64A)    9      9      7      9      5     12