A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday shows that while Iowa voters still like Gov. Terry Branstad (R), they aren't sold on giving him a sixth term in office.
Like the first poll Quinnipiac fielded in the Hawkeye State, conducted in May, the new survey shows a significant gap between voters who approve of Branstad's job performance and those who want him to reelect him again. Half of voters have a favorable view of the governor, while 37 percent see him unfavorably. And 51 percent approve of the job he's doing, to just a third who disapprove.
But 46 percent of voters say he doesn't deserve another term, to only 43 percent who say he does. Asked another way, 54 percent say he's been in office long enough, while just 37 percent think he should run for reelection yet again.
The poll doesn't include matchups between the governor and the Democrats vying to replace him, but all the challengers either running or thinking about running suffer from near-anonymity: 85 percent didn't know enough about state Sen. Jack Hatch to give a opinion, 92 percent hadn't heard enough about state Rep. Tyler Olson, and 77 percent didn't know enough about state Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. And there's no reason to think much has changed since a June Des Moines Register poll showed Branstad trouncing all comers in matchups.
The poll might give Branstad reason to worry if he had a heavyweight opponent -- but as of now, he doesn't. While the governor just announced $2 million in his campaign coffers, the little-known Democrats face the challenge of building warchests and name ID.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,256 registered voters between July 15-17 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.8 percentage points.