Iowa Democrats believe that U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is vulnerable in the 2010 elections. They point to his lower than normal approval ratings as a sign that Grassley is in serious trouble.
The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that the number of people who had an unfavorable opinion of Grassley has dropped significantly since the first of the year. In January, Grassley had very unfavorables of 32%. That number has dropped to just 13% in Rasmussen’s March survey. Conlin on the other hand, has seen her very unfavorable rating hold steady at 22%.
Rassmussen notes, “Grassley carries male and female voters by sizable margins against all three of his challengers, again little changed from the two previous surveys. Voters not affiliated with either major party favor the incumbent by 35 or more points.”
More important that the favorability numbers is how Grassley performs in head-to-head matchups with his with the three Democrats vying to challenge him in November. Grassley beats all three Democrat by a wide margin. He bests Conlin, his closest challenger, by 19 points.
Grassley – Conlin Matchup: Grassley wins 55% to 36%
Grassley – Krause Matchup: Grassley wins 57% to 31%
Grassley – Fiegen Matchup: Grassley wins 57% to 28%
Those are not the numbers of an incumbent that is in trouble; those are the numbers of a well-respected Senator who is about to cruise to re-election.
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