PPP's newest Iowa poll finds the same 2 things as every other recent 2016 poll: an overwhelming lead for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, and a pretty wide open race on the Republican side.
Mike Huckabee leads the GOP race with 17% to 14% for Rand Paul, 13% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Chris Christie and Ted Cruz, 9% for Paul Ryan, 7% for Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, and 3% for Marco Rubio. He leads based on his strength with 'very conservative' voters, among whom he gets 28% to 18% for Cruz and 12% for Paul.
Huckabee is one of three Republicans we tested with a favorability rating over 60% with GOP voters in the state. He is at 63/19 and is joined in a high level of popularity by Paul Ryan (63/13) and Sarah Palin (61/21). Rand Paul (59/15) and Jeb Bush (50/17) are the other two candidates who are seen positively by a majority of Republicans in the state.
There are a few GOP hopefuls who are clearly on the decline with Iowa Republicans. Chris Christie's favorability has dropped a net 15 points from July and is now only a narrowly positive 38/35 spread after having been 45/27 before. His support for the nomination has dropped from 16% to 10%. Marco Rubio's seen a big drop as well. Last summer he had a 54/14 rating, but that's now only 42/14. His support for the nomination has dipped from 11% to 3%.
A few other quick notes on the Republicans:
-Ted Cruz is the only whose favorability has notably improved since the summer. He was at 27/12 then, and that's now up to 40/14.
-Donald Trump may once again float a trial balloon in 2016, but he's not even popular with Republican voters at this point. Only 23% in Iowa see him favorably to 44% with a negative view.
-Rick Perry now has a better net favorability (+28 at 45/17) with Iowa Republicans than he did on our final pre-caucus poll in 2012 when it was +13 at 52/39. Rick Santorum's gone in the other direction- he was at +30 (60/30) then and now he's down to +23 (44/21).
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton continues to be completely dominant. 67% want her to be the nominee, compared to 12% for Joe Biden, 5% for Elizabeth Warren, 3% for Mark Warner, 2% for Andrew Cuomo, and 1% for Cory Booker. Clinton's dominance is near total- she has an 82/9 favorability rating and polls over 60% with liberals, moderates, men, women, young voters, and older voters alike.
Clinton leads hypothetical general election match ups in the state by similar margins to Barack Obama's victory there in 2012. She's up 4 on Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee at 45/41 and 46/42 respectively, 5 on Rand Paul at 47/42, and 6 on Chris Christie at 45/39. Her average lead of 5 points against the trio of Bush, Paul, and Christie is down from an average lead of 11 points against them on our July poll. That's a similar decline to what we saw for Bruce Braley in the Senate race as the political climate has worsened for Democrats in the last half of a year.
Full results here