Iowa Poll Tests Biden vs. Trump and Whether Felony Conviction Hurts Support

The Iowa Poll, exclusive to the Register since 1943, is a closely watched indicator of candidate strength during election cycles, as well as Iowans’ views on other important issues.


Which candidate do Iowans prefer in a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump?

Does Trump’s recent conviction for falsifying corporate data affect Iowans’ support for him?

And how do they think Biden will handle a host of serious issues affecting America, such as inflation, abortion, immigration and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza?

The answers to these and many other questions heading into the fall general election will be revealed in a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. The first results from the June Iowa Poll will be released online Monday morning at

Those results will also be published Monday in the Des Moines Register.

What else is in the latest Iowa Poll?

The poll will also likely ask Iowa voters whether they would like to see a third-party candidate like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. or libertarian Chase Oliver, would consider — and whether they have made up their minds about which candidate to support for president.

It will measure how they feel about the upcoming presidential election – from excitement to exhaustion to fear. And it will gauge their confidence in the future of American democracy, including whether they agree that political violence can be an acceptable response to an election outcome.

Additionally, the poll will test Iowans’ views on the job performance of Biden, Governor Kim Reynolds, Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Brenna Bird, State Auditor Rob Sand and the Iowa Legislature. It will also gauge their feelings toward those administration officials, along with Trump, and whether they believe the nation and Iowa are on the right track.

Frequently Asked Questions: How is the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted? We answer your most important questions.

The Iowa Poll will also reveal whether Iowa voters in each of the state’s four congressional districts are likely to say they are more likely to vote for the Republican or Democratic candidate this fall. And it will gauge how important they see a range of potential congressional issues, including:

  • Immigration.
  • Inflation.
  • Abortion
  • Crime
  • LGBTQ policy.
  • Government expenditure and national debt.
  • Climate change.
  • Election laws.
  • And healthcare.

The poll will also measure Iowans’ attitudes toward Israel’s response to the Oct. 7 attacks in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

And in a new poll, Iowans will reveal whether they or a close family member or someone in their circle of friends has had a serious mental health problem in recent years — and how difficult it was to get competent treatment.

Where can I find the results of the Iowa Poll?

Each article is published online and in print. The fastest way to get the results is to sign up for news alerts through the Des Moines Register app.

More: Find past poll results in Iowa at

You can also find the results and more political coverage in our daily politics newsletter. You can sign up for the free newsletter at

What you need to know about the Iowa poll

The Iowa Poll, exclusive to the Register since 1943, is a closely watched indicator of candidate strength during election cycles, as well as Iowans’ views on other important issues.

Selzer & Co., an Iowa polling firm highly regarded by political insiders and pollsters, conducts the Iowa Poll.

The Iowa Poll is produced in partnership with Mediacom, the largest cable company in Iowa and the nation’s fifth largest cable company by video customers.

Mike Trautmann is news director/politics editor for the Des Moines Register. Reach him at [email protected]; Twitter: @DMRPoliticsCzar.