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Democrats Trail the Republicans in the Iowa Governor Race

Rasmussen Reports, 17/9 – 18/9

Iowa Governor

  • Terry Branstad – Republican – 46%
  • Jack Hatch – Democrat – 40%
  • Other – 3%
  • Undecided – 10%

Current Republican Iowa Governor Terry Branstad continues to see his lead evaporate to his Democrat challenger Jack Hatch. Rasmussen Reports asked 750 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. 46 percent of the voters said that they would choose Branstad, while 40 percent of them chose Hatch. Another three percent claimed that they would vote for a different candidate and 10 percent were undecided. The demographics for this poll were standard.

Branstad’s favorability rating was 53 percent and his un-favorability rating was 40 percent. Hatch had much lower numbers. His ratings were 40 percent and 37 percent respectively. Branstad is a much more recognizable name due to his status as the current governor. Only 3 percent of the voters have never heard of him, while 12 percent have never heard of Hatch. This is a noticeable advantage for the current governor and it is something that Hatch will have to exploit if he wants to secure additional votes come the election.

Branstad’s approval rating is currently 54 percent and his disapproval rating is 39 percent. These are respectable numbers when you consider the fact that he currently holds the position. It doesn’t sound like voters are angry at him and calling for immediate change. Hatch has chosen education as his major issue in this election, but it remains to be seen whether the Iowan voters believe that this is an important issue that is worth fighting for. It is also worth noting that 42 percent of the voters trust Branstad on social issues, while only 37 percent say the same about Hatch. At this time, it is difficult to speculate where Hatch can advance in the polls.

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