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Poll: Warren has big opening, voters want contested primary – Run Warren Run news 2/12

This is one in a series of semi-regular updates on our Run Warren Run effort and Senator Warren’s work to give all Americans a fighting shot.

POLL SHOWS BIG OPENING FOR WARREN IN EARLY PRIMARY STATES: According to a new YouGov poll of 800 likely Democratic caucusgoers and primary voters in Iowa and New Hampshire commissioned by MoveOn.org Political Action, Senator Warren has an opportunity to build the support she’d need to run a competitive campaign in the early primary states. Analysis of the polling results by MoveOn and Democracy for America shows:

“To know Elizabeth Warren is to want her to run for president, according to a YouGov survey of likely Democratic Iowa caucus goers and New Hampshire primary voters recently conducted on behalf of the Run Warren Run campaign.

The results show that, after likely caucus goers and primary voters learn about Elizabeth Warren’s biography and issue positions, not only do a stunning 79% say they want her to run, but, in both states, Warren ends up leading all other potential Democratic candidates in a head-to-head ballot question.

Read the full polling memo here.

“YouGov’s poll shows what the hundreds of thousands of people who have joined the Run Warren Run campaign already know—Elizabeth Warren’s story and vision are powerfully compelling. When likely primary voters and cacus goers in Iowa and New Hampshire learn about how Elizabeth Warren fights for working and middle class families and stands up to Wall Street and powerful interests, they want her to run for president,” explained Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action.

The poll showed Warren’s issues are incredibly popular among voters, and a majority of likely caucus goers and primary voters want to see a contested primary. Here’s more from The Cedar Rapids Gazette’s James Lynch:

“The poll found strong support for Warren’s positions on breaking up big banks, making money available for student loans at the same interest rate as banks get, expanding Social Security benefits and opposing the Trans Pacific trade agreement and construction of the Keystone pipeline.

The online poll conducted Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 found virtually every Iowa caucusgoer who responded, even Clinton supporters, see a benefit in a Democratic contest for the nomination.

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Here’s Martha T. Moore in USA Today:

“97% agree with Warren’s desire to cut student loan rates, 84% agree with her objections to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, and 77% agree with her opposition to the Keystone pipeline. …

‘The poll shows voters in the early states are ‘moveable,’ says Adam Ruben of MoveOn.org. ‘There’s an opening for her to build the level of support she would need to win.’ “

And here’s John Nichols in The Nation:

The desire for a debate is real. So, too, is the worry about a caucus and primary season where the Republicans are campaigning, holding debates and getting all the attention while the Democrats barely go through the motions. Both parties should have wide-open nominating processes, with multiple candidates and – above all – serious discussion of the issues.”

WARREN SUPPORTERS ‘LOOK FOR NEXT WIN.’ Following the Antonio Weiss nomination, there’s a continued energy around Senator Warren’s tireless advocacy on behalf of working Americans and her unique ability to stand up to big banks and encourage her colleagues to do the same. CNN’s MJ Lee has more on what’s next for Warren and the progressive movement:

“They’re preparing to publicly clash with the administration on future presidential nominees and big-ticket items such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. They’re also looking to pressure Obama to take a tougher stance on expansion of overtime pay and developing stricter rules for brokers on Wall Street.

By simultaneously mobilizing supporters from the ground up and seizing on Warren’s rise in national politics, the Massachusetts senator’s backers are determined to make Weiss just the first of many casualties.

‘This was a really important part of us building momentum against the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party and really supporting the Warren wing,’ said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. ‘What was exciting about Antonio Weiss is we took our first victim.’ …

For Warren’s supporters, sinking Weiss’s nomination was validation of the progressive movement’s sway in Washington. It was also proof of how much Warren’s popularity with voters can help maximize the progressive wing’s influence. … With the 2016 presidential election looming, liberal activists are eager to piggyback on the continuing buzz about a Warren White House bid and make the senator a mascot for some of their top policy and legislative priorities.”

MORE from Bloomberg: Banks May Have Overplayed Their Hand Fighting Wall Street Regulation” by Cheyenne Hopkins, Carter Dougherty, and Silla Brush

The message is clear that Warren’s attacks on the industry have made even moderate Democrats skittish to stand up for banks. … Even though they lost the House vote, Warren, Pelosi and Waters cemented Democratic opposition to further changes to Dodd-Frank in the process. They built on support gained in the December debate on derivatives, when during a week of TV interviews and press conferences they portrayed Wall Street as putting taxpayers at risk so soon after the financial crisis.”

FAREWELL, JON STEWART: After 17 years, one of the greatest progressive champions on TV will leave his hosting spot on “The Daily Show” later this year. Here’s what Senator Warren had to say:

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Ben Brody, in Bloomberg Politics, chronicles the relationship between Stewart and Senator Warren:

“Stewart, whose smart political comedy had already made him the voice of the liberal id and superego during the Bush years, did much to help launch Warren’s career in the next era, inviting her on regularly as, together, they helped re-channel the left’s anger toward Wall Street.”

WARREN PUTS VACCINE CONSPIRACY THEORISTS IN THEIR PLACE: At a congressional hearing this week, Senator Warren clearly showed just how ridiculous anti-vaccine activists are. MSNBC’s Jane C. Timm reports:

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked a top Centers for Disease Control immunization expert whether vaccines are safe – eight different ways. 

‘Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism?’ ‘No,’ Dr. Anne Schuchat said.

‘Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders?’ Warren asks. ‘No, but some of the disease we vaccinate against can,’ Schuchat answers.

The exchange continues, with Warren asking an additional five times about the dangers of vaccines, hearing the same answers: no, no, no, no, and no again.”

Watch the exchange here.

ROSKE ON POLITICS COVERS IOWA RUN WARREN RUN MEETING: The Des Moines Register’s Brent Roske talks with Run Warren Run staff and supporters during a recent meeting in Des Moines. Watch the clip here.

COMING UP THIS WEEK: Over this Presidents’ Day weekend, Run Warren Run supporters across the country will be taking their to the streets to let others know about the campaign and why they’re backing Senator Warren. Look for more details soon.