Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s newest Iowa poll finds that while voters have much more recognition of the Republican candidates, little has changed in the race for the open Senate seat. This comes despite the fact the Republican candidates enjoy much greater name recognition than they did three months ago by an average of just over 20 points. However, those voters are still pretty split on each of the Republicans as Sam Clovis’ favorability rating stands at 19/19, with Joni Ernst’s at 27/32, Mark Jacobs’ at 19/25, and Matt Whitaker at 13/15.
As a result, Democrat Bruce Braley continues to hold a steady lead over each of his potential Republican opponents. Braley maintains the same average 7-point lead over the various Republicans that he held in late February. He leads Sam Clovis 43/34, Joni Ernst 45/39, Mark Jacobs 42/36, and Matt Whitaker 43/36. This comes despite the fact that his favorability spread dropped 6 points, going from 31/25 in February to a 29/29 split today.
Ernst is looking like Braley’s most likely opponent for the general election at this point. She polls at 34% in the Republican primary to 18% for Mark Jacobs and 14% for Sam Clovis with the other candidates in single digits.