-Charles Grassley continues to be Iowa's most popular politician. 51% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 32% who disapprove. Grassley would lead former Governor Tom Vilsack 48/41 in a hypothetical 2016 reelection contest, and it's hard to imagine any other Democrat would fare much better than that against him at this point. Tom Harkin's approval is on positive ground as well at 45/36.
-Almost 5 years after gay marriage became legal in Iowa, 78% of voters in the state say it's either had a positive impact or no impact at all on their lives. Even among Republicans, 61% grant that its being legal hasn't had a negative effect on them. Iowans remain closely divided on the issue- 46% think it should be legal to 45% who believe it should be illegal- but that represents a net 8 point increase in support from October of 2011 when only 41% of voter supported it to 48% who thought it should be illegal.
-Iowa voters support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by a 52/36 margin. It has near total support from Democrats (80/12) and also from 26% of Republicans. Voters in the state also feel by a 60/35 spread that Congress should continue extended unemployment benefits rather than cutting them off. On that issue 44% of GOP voters side with Democrats' majority position.
-Iowa/Iowa State is one of the more lopsided in state rivalries when it comes to comparative fan support- Hawkeye fans outnumber the Cyclones 51/23. Fans of both schools are happier with their basketball coaches right now than their football coaches. Fred Hoiberg has an 80/3 approval rating with Cyclone backers compared to 68/7 for Paul Rhoads, although those are pretty decent numbers for a football coach who's had four losing seasons in a row. Fran McCaffrey with a 64/3 approval spread is the more popular coach with the Hawkeye fan base as well, although at 60/13 they're pretty content with Kirk Ferentz as well.
-And finally with baseball season upon us, Iowa remains Cubs country. 32% of voters in the state say they're Cubs fans to 14% for the Cardinals, 8% for the Twins and Yankees, 5% for the Royals, 4% for the Red Sox, 3% for the Brewers, and 2% each for the Braves and White Sox.
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