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Poll says Iowa voters like Gov. Branstad, but say it’s time to go

Governor Terry Branstad at Jitters Coffee Bar in Mason City on June 6th, 2011.
Governor Terry Branstad at Jitters Coffee Bar in Mason City on June 6th, 2011.

Iowa voters like Gov. Terry Branstad: they give him a 50 – 37 percent favorability rating and a 51 – 33 percent job approval, but they say 46 – 43 percent he does not deserve another term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Asked another way, 54 percent of voters say Gov. Branstad has been in office long enough, while 37 percent say he should seek another term, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Working to Branstad’s advantage should he seek another term is that the field of potential challengers is composed of unknowns about whom four out of five voters don’t know enough to have an opinion.

“Iowans have a nuanced opinion about their off and on-again governor, who has spent a total of 19 years in office. But by the barest of majorities – 50 percent – they like Gov. Terry Branstad and think he does a good job, but at the same they time think he has been in office long enough,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The question, should the governor seek another term, is whether their support for Branstad will in the end supersede voters’ view that it’s time for him to go.”

Branstad’s 51 – 33 percent approval includes the expected partisan splits but almost no gender gap. His score compares to a 49 – 31 percent rating in Quinnipiac University’s May 23 survey.

Approval is 77 – 8 percent among Republicans and 50 – 33 percent among independent voters. Democrats disapprove 57 – 25 percent. Men approve 53 – 31 percent and women agree 48 – 34 percent.

Republicans say 68 – 21 percent that Branstad deserves four more years, a drop from his 77 – 8 percent approval rating. Democrats say 72 – 18 percent he doesn’t deserve another term while independent voters are divided 43 – 44 percent. Men also are divided 45 – 45 percent, while 46 percent of women say no to four more years as 41 percent say yes.

“Clearly there are some Republicans that like Gov. Branstad and think he has done a good job who also think he has been in power too long, but most of them are probably going to vote for him in the 2014 election should he be matched up against a Democrat,” Brown said.

Although by 26 – 14 percent voters say Branstad’s length of time in office makes them less likely rather than more like to vote for him, 58 percent say it does not matter to their vote.

The three Democrats who are potential 2014 candidates for governor all face substantial efforts to introduce themselves to Iowa voters. The number of voters who don’t know enough to form an opinion of Jack Hatch, Tyler Olson or Mike Gronstal ranges from 77 percent to 92 percent.

“Not being well-known is a problem for candidates because in addition to having to sell their policy agenda they need to introduce themselves to the voters and that will require lots of money,” said Brown.

Iowans are happy with their elected officials. The State Legislature has a 46 – 34 percent approval rating, the highest for the legislature in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley gets a 59 – 29 percent approval, while U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin scores a 50 – 35 percent approval.

From July 15 – 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa and the nation as a public service and for research.

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the only thing I “like” about bumstead is. THAT ID LIKE TO KICK HIS ASS TO THE CURB

For sure– it is Branstad’s time to go!!!

It just really makes me angry that he can get his salary and his pension from his past time in office at the same time. Taxpayers are getting doubly screwed!!!

Republicans just seem to have no heart anymore!!! I don’t know much about Tyler Olson yet, but Senator Jack Hatch and Senator Mike Gronstal have excellent records serving the people of Iowa!!! They have stellar, proven track records on any number of issues: Especially health care for all Iowans, property tax decreases, education reforms, and on …..

Branstad has a huge money machine behind him– but he can be beaten… let’s make sure we do all that we can to be sure!!!

Bransted needs to go. We have a quality people that can run the State as good or better then him. The problem is the money in the state is behind him because they know him. It would be hard for another Republican candidate to challenge him. He will be elected if he runs, because for some reason the Democrats can not run a good candidate against him.

Its not so much that Brandstad shouldn’t run again, but who is going to step up? We had Partisan Bickering with Chet in charge and nobody had confidence in his abilities to lead. Chet’s legacy will be I-Jobs, borrow money so Dr. Lala can have a grass roof on his apartment building yes look at all the long term jobs that grass roof has created!
Brandstad is no nonsence, and works, I like that about Grassley and I like that about Brandstad. I dont agree with all of their policies, heck I even liked Vilsack..but we need someone that works hard, keeps the house moving forward, and not tickled because they are the Govenor…I felt Chet wanted the title…not the job.

@will say-I agree. Branstad has been in there long enough. I am a believer in term limits. The scary thought is we get someone like Culver again who wasn’t qualified to be a dog catcher much less a govenor. I don’t see anyone else standing in the wings at this time. I think Branstad will run again and he will probably run. No matter what the libs say he has turned the state around and made it solvent again. The Dems just can’t stand to admit it.

Mr. Branstad has been in office long enough. I agree with him part of the time and disagree with him part of the time, but it is time for a change. This is the 21st century and it brings with it a whole new set of problems/issues. It is time for new blood to lead our state to the next level. Thanks for your service to our State Terry, but it is time for a change.

So, is he listening? Of course not, he likes himself too much not to run. And his big business backers want them in office as their puppet. He will run until he is too old to remember to file his papers.

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