Monday, February 11, 2013

Eyes on Iowa

Public Policy Polling did some more polls in Iowa. Quick hits.

Governor Terry Branstad might be in a little trouble. His favorability is 45/44. But he's a favorite among all of the various candidates that Public Policy Polling matched him up against. If Tom Vilsack decided that he wanted to be governor, again, he would be the closest candidate only trailing Branstad 47/46. Most of the other candidates are down by at least 6. If it was a rematch of 2010, Branstad would start out ahead by 10 points.

Voters in Iowa think the United States should have stricter gun laws 50-40. They're supportive of an assault weapons ban 50/39. Surprisingly, 40% of voters have a favorable opinion of the NRA while 43% do not.

Iowans support same sex marriage 46/43. This has changed quite a bit in the last year or so. Public Policy Polling found in October of 2011 that 41% of voters supported it while 48% did not. We continue to find that gay marriage, either, has a positive impact or no impact on people's lives. 76% of Iowan voters said that same sex marriage had a positive impact or no impact on their lives.

Chuck Grassley is Iowa's favorite politician with an approval rating of 49/32. He also is fun to follow on Twitter.

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