Tulsi: Very Interesting Iowa YouGov Poll
A new YouGov/Hofstra poll from Iowa has some very interesting numbers regarding Tulsi's candidacy.
What they did is combine all Democratic, Independent, and Republican respondents and put them all together to determine the Iowa caucus. Now, this would never happen because Republicans and I believe Independents are not allowed into the Iowa Democratic caucus. But, here are the results with all respondents combined, just voting for a Democratic candidate:
Compare with the Democratic-only responses:
In the first results (all combined together), the breakdown for Tulsi's support is as follows:
Other: 17.7% (these are people who chose none of the above categories, maybe Libertarians or Greens and such)
Some things to take away here--at least how the situation exists in Iowa.
First, Tulsi has the least support from Democrats, the most from Independents and Other. Bernie Sanders support from Democrats is also lower than Independents and Other. This indicates to me that the Democratic Party is really not into progressive policies at all, but that Independents and Others are much more favorable to them.
Second notice: Tulsi is pulling more support from Independents (14.5%) than Bernie is (12.4%), and Tulsi is getting far, far, far more support from Republicans (11.4%) than Bernie (1.6%) is (Republican's don't like Bernie at all). Interestingly, Bernie has more support from the Other category (25.9%) than Tulsi does (17.7%). If similar stats hold true in other states, in primaries that include Independent voters, Tulsi could get more support from Independents than Bernie does.
Third notice: That top set of numbers basically indicates total popularity of Democratic contenders among the entire populace (of Iowa, at least). Tulsi is one of the top contenders there in 4th place. She ranks nearly equal to Bernie, and not all that far behind Warren and Biden. Buttigieg is behind her by quite some distance.
Final note: In this Iowa poll, unlike other recent Iowa polls, Buttigieg and Klobuchar are much more in their typical positioning. A couple of recent polls have shown Buttigieg around 25% and Klobuchar around 7% in Iowa. Some very strange differences in the polls going on lately in Iowa.