Polls Show That Hillary Clinton Can Still Win Iowa Despite Surge In Bernie Sanders’ Ratings

As the first stages of the elections approach, Hillary Clinton is trying to convince Iowan Democrats that she will continue what President Barack Obama had started, and that she has extensive leadership experience.

Clinton, during her final campaign in Council Bluffs, projected the image of Obama’s successor. Urging Iowans to trust her, she said she wants to build on Obama’s projects. Clinton said she is capable of bringing the change that Americans wanted to see.

“I don’t want to over promise and under deliver,” said the former Secretary of State. “I’d rather under promise and over deliver,” she continued.

Clinton then enumerated the projects she wished to focus on including infrastructure and manufacturing jobs and improving early childhood education. She explained that they will get the funds from the taxes of the wealthy.

“We’re going to get it from the wealthy,” Hillary Clinton announced, “from the people who’ve done very well in this economy even during the Great Recession.”

The Democratic front-runner is proposing 30 percent effective tax rate on yearly incomes of more than $1 million and a 4 percent “fair share” tax on earnings over $5 million.

“These guys are geniuses at evading taxes,” said Clinton. “That is corrosive to our democracy,” she warned. “I’ve been pretty worked up about a lot of this.”

Some undecided Democrats are finding it hard to decide whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bermie Sanders. Iowa Senate majority leader Michael Gronstal is convinced that Clinton is the best candidate for the job as her strength is her leadership skills; with all the issues she’s facing, she has managed to remained firm and steadfast. “Hillary Clinton has had everything thrown at her,” Gonstal said. “But she’s chose to stay and fight.”

Clinton is also viewed by many women as someone who will seriously pay attention to women’s rights.

Sanders may have earned the trust of young men and women with his socialist ideologies, but Clinton’s expertise and experience are much valued by women in their ’30s.

A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll of 3,466 Democratic women respondents conducted from January 1 to January 26 revealed Democratic women ranging from ages 18-29 prefer Sanders to Clinton 57 to 24 percent, while respondents aged 30-39 prefer Clinton to Sanders with 45 and 28 percent.

In interviews with women voters ages 30-39 nationally, most of them agreed that Obama’s message of hope and change was the reason they voted for him, but now they appreciate Clinton’s political ability. They also said that they see how Hillary Clinton addresses issues important to women like equal wages and reproductive health.

“I feel like we’ve had men looking at government for so long, a new perspective is exactly what is needed to get a more equal society,” Kellie Lewis, 36, a Clinton supporter said.

A student from Smith College admitted she is torn between voting for Sanders or Clinton. Although she wants to see a woman president run the country, she also believes in the things Sanders claims he will fight against, which include income inequality, social injustice, and the excesses of Wall Street.

A recent Des Moines Register’s poll showed Clinton and Sanders fighting head to head. Although polls showed Sanders leading, it did not necessarily mean that he was gaining.

Indeed, Sanders has gained momentum in Iowa and New Hampshire these past few months with a growing support from younger voters. Iowa polls released in December showed Sanders behind 16 percentage points, which proved that the race is getting tougher as the elections draw near. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may be neck and neck in recent polls, but the end might go in favor of the former Secretary of State.

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