New polling low for Obama in crucial state
December 18th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
10 months ago

New polling low for Obama in crucial state

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting a new low in the state that propelled him toward the White House.

The President's approval rating stands at 38% and his disapproval rating at 59% in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa voters. The 39% figure is Obama's lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac polling in the Hawkeye State.

Obama's victory in the January 2008 Iowa caucuses rocketed the then-junior Senator from Illinois towards the Democratic presidential nomination and eventually the White House. Obama also won Iowa, which is considered a battleground state, in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

The new poll, which was released Wednesday morning, indicates that the President's approval rating stands at 45% among women but just 30% among men. The survey also shows a wide partisan divide, with 82% of Democrats but just 31% of independents and only 7% of Republicans in Iowa giving Obama a thumbs up on how he's performing in office.

"President Barack Obama twice carried Iowa and it was the Iowa Caucuses which began his march to the presidency, but if he were on the ballot here today he would be toast," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The president's numbers could have an impact on next year's race for a Democratic-held open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa. Twenty-nine percent of those questioned said they see their vote in the 2014 Senate contest as a vote against the President, while just 14% say it's a vote in favor of Obama, with 54% saying the President's not much of a factor.

The Iowa poll's release comes one day after a new survey in New Hampshire found the President tying an all-time low. Obama stands at 31% approval among Granite State residents, according to a American Research Group poll. And the President's 60% disapproval rating is an all-time high in ARG polling. Obama won New Hampshire, which like Iowa is a swing state, in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
The President's approval ratings started declining in most national surveys starting in June, as Obama dealt with one controversy after another.

There were leaks about National Security Agency surveillance as well as revelations about IRS targeting conservative groups. This all was followed by the disastrous roll out of Obamacare and controversy over Obama's promises that Americans could keep their current insurance coverage under the new health law if they chose. Many cannot.


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2014 • Iowa • President Obama
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. simplyput

    Controversies or scandals, most of this president's problems have been brought upon him by himself. I refused to vote when I was old enough because of Nixon's larceny. I continued to stay out of the political fray, thinking I could keep my hands clean, until Obama. My first vote, and what a mistake. I think women are none too smart when it comes to picking political candidates. We give them WAY too much credit for WAY too long. Lesson: vote, and start early so you can get used to all the lies from both parties before you become an independent.

    December 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    * Twice congressional Republicans threatened debt-ceiling default; twice Obama stood his ground; and twice the GOP backed down before Congress did real harm. The presidential leadership helped establish a new precedent that will benefit Obama, his successors, and the country.

    * Congressional Republicans shut down the government to extract White House concessions. Obama and congressional Democrats stood firm and the GOP backed down.

    * The Obama administration forged an international agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons, struck a historic nuclear deal with Iran, and brought Israelis and Palestinians to the table together for the first peace talks in years.

    * The economy has steadily improved, and 2013 is on pace to be the best year for U.S. job creation since 2005 and the second best since 1999.

    * The “scandals” the media hyped relentlessly in the spring proved to be largely meaningless, and while the president’s poll numbers have dropped, his standing is roughly at the same point as two years ago.

    That's 2013 in a nutshell. Let the media keep feeding the idiotic masses these negative stories. But in the words of Tupac: "You and I know what's going on."

    December 18, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. smith

    Aww, the liberals are all upset over the polls. It`s okay, you were duped by a guy with a stupid punch line(yes we can) and bought into all of his fodder(hope and change).

    December 18, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    what happens & all those polls doesn't matter anymore, in the hawkeye or the granite state. it doesn't matter what the polls are in the buckeye state, or the sunshine state...

    Why ? because people (the voters) are deciding for themselves now days, they are talking about it on social media / internet / twitter / FB / Link-ed IN / and every where else.....Unlike the old days, where what ever Iowa does, then the whole U.S. of A. does.....This is 2013 – not 1960's or 70's or 80's – where one state does something, everybody else follows – LOL -

    December 18, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. andrew

    Polls dont matter when you get 107% of the vote in every major district....

    December 18, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    Dutch/ Bad...Tupac...you seriously have to be kidding???

    December 18, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Let Iowa show the country, they are more than just spoiled people who want attention, and let them vote out the dictator's party and restore some sanity to the country.

    December 18, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. current state of the union

    Aaahhh, how cute, Andrew has a hook in his mouth

    December 18, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Let Iowa show the country, they are more than just spoiled people who want attention, and let them vote out the dictator's party and restore some sanity to the country.
    ----------------------–
    They like to eat sticks of butter, batter dipped and deep fried like a corn dog. They're not spoiled. They're rotten.

    December 18, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I think women are none too smart when it comes to picking political candidates."

    Outreach!!! BTW, using Nixon in the same post as a rant about "I voted for Obama but regret" tends to be a dead giveaway that you're selling Teatroll fluff.

    December 18, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Really Tom...who's being selective? As if opposing impeachment of the justices but supporting a Christian Coalition referendum allowing bigots to vote on whether people they hate should be extended equal rights is any better?

    ""Well, it's got to do with the whole structure of the American society. And, uh, a lot of people say when other ancient societies have gone this direction, it was the beginning of the end of their society. Because, the building blocks of really having stable culture is really having one man, one woman marriage. So I think that is an important part.' -Terry Branstad, IA Governor (R)

    Yeah, the fall of civilization is because "gay stuff."

    December 18, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Let Iowa show the country, they are more than just spoiled people who want attention, and let them vote out the dictator's party and restore some sanity to the country.
    ************************
    So, the people of Iowa are spoiled because they have the first beauty contest of the Election season? By the way, if there is a dictator in Iowa, its Branstead, who is in his fourth or fifth term as governor: sounds like a dictator to me, but I now realize I'm responding to the man who cheered when the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized, so your perception of the world is questionable, to say the least.

    December 18, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "So, the people of Iowa are spoiled because they have the first beauty contest of the Election season? By the way, if there is a dictator in Iowa, its Branstead, who is in his fourth or fifth term as governor: sounds like a dictator to me, but I now realize I'm responding to the man who cheered when the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized, so your perception of the world is questionable, to say the least."
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    Must have had too many sticks of deep fried butter.

    December 18, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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