Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest Iowa poll finds incumbent Republican GovernorTerry Branstad with a 50% approval rating to 38% of voters who disapprove of him. His opponent Democrat Jack Hatch has a 29% favorable rating to 30% of voters who disapprove of him, and 41% of voters don’t have an opinion about him.
Branstad is polling at 48% for November, followed by Hatch at 35%, Independent Jim Hennager and Libertarian Lee Deakins Hieb, both at 2%, and Iowa Party candidate Jonathan Narcisse at only 1%. Twelve percent of voters are undecided. Head to head with Hatch, Branstad is leading 50/37.
The race for the Senate in Iowa is tight. Both candidates, Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst, are almost equally unpopular, with only 37% and 36% of voters, accordingly, who rate them favorably. Braley is leading at 41%, closely followed by Ernst at 40%, Libertarian Douglas Butzier and Independent Rich Stewart, both at 2%, and Ruth Smith at 1%. In a head to head contest, Braley and Ernest both are at 42%.