-As we're finding in our polling across the country right now voters in Iowa are moving more and more in support of gay marriage to the point where they're now almost evenly divided on the issue. 44% of voters think it should be legal, while 45% believe it should be illegal. That represents a six point shift on the margin from when we polled the state in October and found 41% of voters supportive and 48% opposed.
Gay marriage has been legal for a few years in Iowa now and 62% of voters say that it's had no impact on their lives one way or the other. 24% claim it's had a negative effect while 14% say it's a positive thing. We've never found a very significant portion of voters in a state that has gay marriage say it's had a bad effect on them.
71% of voters support either gay marriage or civil unions with only 27% opposed to any sort of legal recognition for same sex couples. Even Republicans support some kind of legal recognition by a 52/45 margin.
-2014 is a long way off but for now it looks like the race for Governor could be a dog fight. Voters in the state are evenly divided on Terry Branstad's job performance with 43% approving and an equal 43% disapproving of him. Branstad would find himself with small lead over 2010 opponent Chet Culver (44-42) or Congressman Bruce Braley (44-40). In a clash of the titans between Branstad and his original successor, Tom Vilsack, the Democrat would have the edge by a 46-43 margin. Vilsack has a 45/35 favorability rating six years after leaving office.
-Charles Grassley is Iowa's most popular politician with a 50/33 approval rating.
-Democrats lead the generic state legislative ballot 44-39, suggesting they should pick up seats this fall.
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