Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad remains unpopular according to poll
New polling figures out this week from Public Policy Polling aren’t good news for Gov. Terry Branstad.
“Republican Governor Terry Branstad remains unpopular with his approval rating falling to 39 percent with 47 percent disapproval, slightly worse than his -4(41/45) rating in April,” writes Michael Sadowsky of PPP, who takes note of Branstad’s 10-point victory margin against Democrat incumbent Chet Culver during the 2010 general election.
… Branstad’s falling approval reflects a pattern seen nationwide as voters express buyer’s remorse over electing Republican Governors; however, Branstad is not faring as poorly as Republican Governors in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida for whom net disapproval is well into the double digits. As is true nationwide, much of Branstad’s fall is due to a more Democratic electorate than 2010; 50% voted for Obama in 2008 in this sample (+9), compared to only 46% in the 2010 exit poll (+2). …
The poll also notes that both Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin remain popular with the Iowa electorate. Of respondents, 53 percent say they approve of Grassley while 50 percent approve of Harkin.