DES MOINES – Governor Branstad’s approval rating has plummeted after a series of scandals in his administration, and Iowans do not believe the Governor is being honest about his knowledge of those scandals, according to a new independent poll released by Progress Iowa on Monday. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling on April 19 and 20.
“Governor Branstad’s pattern of denial, denial, and more denial about his scandals is no longer credible,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “The Governor has pointed the finger at his employees, his political opponents, and anyone but himself in an effort to deflect responsibility. Now, only 17 percent of Iowans believe he’s telling the truth. The Governor needs to hold himself accountable, take responsibility for his part in these scandals, and come clean with the public about what he knew.”
Public Policy Polling Survey Results
Survey of 677 Iowa voters on April 19 and 20, 2014
Q1 Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Terry Branstad’s job performance?
Not sure 12%
Q2 If the candidates for Governor this fall were Republican Terry Branstad and Democrat Jack Hatch, who would you vote for?
Terry Branstad 43%
Jack Hatch 38%
Not sure 19%
Q3 How aware are you of the recent allegations of scandal in Governor Branstad’s administration, including alleged secret settlements for state workers who claim they were fired as political retribution: very aware, somewhat aware, or not at all aware?
Very aware 52%
Somewhat aware 31%
Not at all aware 12%
Not sure 5%
Q4 Governor Branstad has repeatedly denied knowledge of scandals in his administration: the firing of the trooper who caught his SUV speeding, abuse in an Iowa juvenile home, the paying of secret settlements, and the improper influencing of an Iowa judge. Do you think that the governor had no knowledge of these activities in his administration, or not?
Think he had no knowledge 17%
Think he knew more than he’s letting on 56%
Not sure 27%
Q5 The recent scandals in the Branstad administration have led to requests by legislators for an independent investigation, several high-profile resignations, and the firing of one department director. If the governor did have direct knowledge of one or more of the scandals in his administration, do you think he should resign from office, or not?
Think he should resign 30%
Think he should not 36%
Not sure 34%
Q6 Should the Iowa legislature hire independent legal counsel to investigate the Branstad administration’s secret settlements with former state employees, or not?
Think they should 42%
Think they should not 31%
Not sure 28%
Q7 Having heard the information in this poll, let me ask you again: if the candidates for Governor this fall were Republican Terry Branstad and Democrat Jack Hatch, who would you vote for?
Terry Branstad 41%
Jack Hatch 40%
Not sure 19%
Public Policy Polling interviewed 677 Iowa voters on April 19 and 20. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.8%. Public Policy Polling polls are conducted using automated telephone interviews.