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Third annual Morningside Poll results released

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- The results are in. Morningside College students polled Iowans on issues that are important to them in their third annual poll.

Students spent the semester working on questions and released the final results Wednesday morning.

Iowans were surveyed between January 17th and 23rd.

864 registered voters in Iowa were polled on a number of issues including policy concerns and presidential candidate preferences. With just a handful of days before the Iowa Caucuses, students got an inside look at some of Iowan's top concerns.

"It's such an interesting and fun project and it's such a great learning experience outside of the classroom," Morningside College Senior Kailyn Robert said.

For five months students at Morningside College in Sioux City have been working to ask Iowans what they care about most in the third annual Morningside Poll.

"Just the actual data itself is really enlightening," said Robert. "We learn a lot about Iowans and their options."

"We asked about what they think the biggest problem is facing the nation and that resulted in identifying government and elected officials as well as political discord," said Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement Director Valerie Hennings.

The survey found respondents felt the top issues facing the state of Iowa are the economy, agricultural issues and policy, and healthcare. It's a topic that was top of mind for Iowans last year but has slid into the third most important issue.

"It not only tells us about the candidates and maybe which candidates Iowans might prefer, but the issues that they care about and the topics that really get Iowans excited or maybe distraught," said Robert. "So I think that's really great because it's informative for the candidates and also to everyone else across the state."

Students also polled Iowans on their thoughts of our elected officials both in Iowa and Washington.

57 percent of respondents approve of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

51 percent approve of Senator Joni Ernst and 54 percent approve of Senator Charles Grassley.

The survey also found 47 percent of Iowans approve of the way President Trump is handling his job, compared to 49 percent who disapprove.

For the most part, Roberts said Iowans tended to agree regardless of party, age, gender, or race.

"Which is really interesting given many people think we are in such a polarized time and nobody can agree," said Roberts.

Roberts said she hopes Iowa voters feel like their voices are being heard, and that people are paying attention to what they want and what they care about.

Students also polled Iowans on their thoughts on whether or not President Trump should be removed from office.

55 percent of polled voters say he should not be removed, while 41 percent believe he should.

You can read the full results of the poll here.

Michaela Feldmann

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