With the Iowa caucuses heating up the 2020 presidential race, the personal finance website WalletHub compared Iowa’s demographic characteristics and public opinions against that of the U.S. to answer: How Closely Does Iowa Resemble the U.S.? Our data set of 31 key measures includes sociodemographic, economic, educational and religious metrics as well as public stances on certain issues.
- The Overall Resemblance Index for Iowa is 89.
- Sociodemographics: 86
- Economics: 89
- Education: 92
- Religion: 85
- Public Opinion: 93
- Seventy percent of Iowa-caucus winners have won the Democratic party nomination and thirty-eight percent the Republican party nomination. The Iowa caucuses, therefore, are a much better predictor of advancement for Democrats than for Republicans.
- Iowa least resembles the U.S. in terms of race, with a 50.00 percent difference; religious composition, with a 64.20 percent difference; wealth gap, with a 77.19 percent difference; and employment by industry, with an 80.60 percent difference.
- Iowa most resembles the U.S. in terms of mean work hours, with a 99.74 percent similarity; gender, with a 99.22 percent similarity; school enrollment, with a 99.09 percent similarity; and importance of religion in one’s life, with a 99.00 percent similarity.
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