The Iowa First Foundation released its third segment of polling information today. The latest segment of their poll examines the name identification, favorability, and appeal of potential GOP gubernatorial candidates. The potential candidate with the highest favorability rating is former Governor Terry Branstad who had a 68% favorable rating and only a 15% unfavorable rating. Branstad was recognized by 90% of those surveyed.
Branstad’s favorability rating is even 12 points higher than President Obama’s favorability rating in Iowa. According to the IFF poll, President Obama enjoys a 56% approval rating and a 38% unfavorable rating. Governor Chet Culver had a 52% favorability rating and a 38% unfavorable rating. The IFF poll also tested former Governor Tom Vilsack’s favorability, 55% of those surveyed gave him a favorable rating.
The Iowa First Foundation also asked favorability questions on Bob Vander Plaats, Chris Rants, Mike Mahaffey, Paul McKinley, Rod Roberts, and Christian Fong. None of those candidates had a favorability rating higher than 28%.
Former Governor Branstad is also the best known out of the potential GOP gubernatorial candidates. Ninety percent of those surveyed recognized him. Following Branstad was Bob Vander Platts who is known by 60%, Rants 42%, Mahaffey 37%, McKinley 29%, Fong 26%, and Rod Roberts with 24%.
The Iowa First Foundation also asked respondents whether or not brief descriptions of the candidates were appealing or not to them. Once again those surveyed responded most favorably to the descriptions of former Governor Terry Branstad.
The Iowa First Foundation’s polling results will continue to build the chatter surrounding a potential comeback by former Governor Terry Branstad. Branstad has admitted that he is considering this possibility and has told the media he will make a decision early this fall.
The poll was conducted by Hill Research Consultants (HRC) on behalf of the Iowa First Foundation. The poll has a statewide sample of 500 likely 2010 general election voters, and an oversample of potential Republican primary voters. Interviews were conducted July 23-26, 2009, and the margin of error was +/-3.7% for the entire electorate.
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