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NEW POLL: Branstad approval rating plummets after scandals

This news story was published on April 22, 2014.
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branstad 2014 04 04DES 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.”

  • More Iowans disapprove (45%) than approve (43%) of Governor Branstad’s job performance.
  • The vast majority of Iowans (83%) are very or somewhat aware of the recent scandals in the Branstad administration.
  • Very few Iowans (17%) believe the Governor had no knowledge of the scandals in his administration.
  • Most Iowans (56%) believe he knew more than he’s letting on.

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?

Approve 43%
Disapprove 45%
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.

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    4ever49 Reply Report comment

    April 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    These pipsqueak “scandals” are figments of a reporter’s imagination.
    The really telling statistic is the choice of Branstad over Hatch for governor.