Here’s the latest news out of Iowa courtesy of PPP:
Theresa Greenfield holds a significant lead in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, a new poll out today finds. With three weeks to go until the June 2 election, Greenfield garners 43% of Democratic primary voters, compared to 12% for Michael Franken, and 4% each for Kimberly Graham and Eddie Mauro. Another 36% say they are unsure.
The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling, the same outfit that found Greenfield in a dead heat with Sen. Joni Ernst for the general election last week. This one was commissioned by the Gerald Huff for Humanity Fund, a pro-Universal Basic Income organization, and surveyed 849 Iowa Democrats from May 5 to 6.
The poll also asked about that UBI idea that gained new prominence during Andrew Yang’s run for the White House. Many UBI backers and some Democratic members of Congress are pushing for a temporary $2,000/month recurring payment to Americans to be included in the CARES-2 relief package.
This poll found 60% of Iowa Democratic primary-goers supported the $2,000/month stimulus benefit for six months. 21% opposed the plan. When asked if they’d support a permanent $1,000/month UBI for all Americans over the age of 18, there were 43% of Democrats in favor and 35% opposed. Among 18 to 45-year-olds, there was 54% support.
Sen. Joni Ernst is not self isolating after being in close contact with Vice President Mike Pence when one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
Ernst was tested Friday before boarding Air Force Two with Pence to come to Iowa. A spokesperson for Ernst confirmed with KCCI that Ernst tested negative and followed all guidance from the vice president’s office and medical team. The spokesperson said that Ernst has not been advised to self isolate and does not plan to at this time.
Shortly before making the flight to Iowa, it was confirmed that Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive for COVID-19. She did not join Pence’s staff on Air Force Two, but did have contact with six people scheduled to be on the trip. According to officials, those six people tested negative.