May 7th, 2010
12:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Grassley re-elect below 50 percent

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll reveals a potentially tough re-election for Sen. Charles Grassley."]Washington (CNN) – Iowa voters hold Sen. Chuck Grassley in high regard, but the veteran Republican potentially faces a tough re-election in what is shaping up to be a difficult year for incumbents.

Grassley has a favorable rating of 58 percent, according to a new Research 2000 poll conducted for KCCI. But Grassley, first elected to the Senate in 1980, has dropped 21 points over the past few months in a hypothetical match-up against Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin. The KCCI poll shows that Grassley leads Conlin 49 percent to 40 percent. The telephone survey of 600 likely voters was conducted between May 3-5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

In past elections, the five-term senator has enjoyed healthy margins of victory. In 2004, Grassley topped his Democratic opponent 70 percent to 28 percent.

But Thursday's poll comes amidst a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment that is so severe it led National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas to say earlier this week, "Thank goodness I'm not running this time."

Read the full poll results here.

Filed under: 2010 • Charles Grassley • Iowa
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. MikeH

    Grassley's "Pulling the plug on Granny" comment alone is reason enough to kick him out of office.

    By the way Joe Kiloz, Senator Obama made no attempt to hide his disdain for SCOTUS candidate John Roberts, his filibuster, his No vote on Roberts confirmation, his denouncing Roberst as someone who serves corporate wishes over the needs of the People. I'd say events proved Obama right for calling Roberts out for what he was, still is, a servant of Big Buisiness and Laissez Faire Capitalism.

    May 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Amerfirst

    This guy is nothing but another John McCain. He'll say anything...lie, cheat, and steal...just to be re-elected!!!

    May 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. stevetall

    I grew up not far from Grassley's farm. Wherever he got the idea to try politics remains a mystery, almost as big as the mystery that he actually got elected to the House of Representatives. The hits just kept on coming, and somehow, he became a Senator.

    Through it all, he's been a pin-headed hayseed, and his lack of compassion and tolerance have been hallmarks of a pathetic career. If I still lived in Iowa, I would help to remove him from office. Come on, Hawkeyes! Put this clown out to pasture!

    May 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Pat

    It is about time this lying politician was thrown out of office. His non stop tale of how Obama was going to pull the plug on grandma during the health debate was not only a lie but a insult to the intelligance to the people of Iowa. It just showed how deep the health care industry had him in there back pocket. The man is out of touch with what is going on in today's world.

    May 7, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Brian

    30 years is about 18 years too long for ANYONE.

    May 7, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. DanTex

    So let me get this straight. He has a favorable rating of 58% and is besting his opponent by 9 points in a head to head. Obama is at 49% approval and all reports are that the Dems are going to lose at least 30-35 House seats. What a misleading headline and silly posturing by all you Liberals. Just keep thinking what you're thinking and its bye bye Nancy in November.

    May 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Thank God, time to go "Grandma killer" find another job or just get in the unemployment line.

    May 7, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    Don't get your hopes up too high libtards! I doubt Iowans are dumb enough to put an Obama supporting socialist in the Senate. You clowns need to stop smokin' the weed!

    May 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    It's no surprize, Iowa's been trending democrat for years. He'll probably win (I hope), but still, WE NEED TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS!!!

    May 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Note to the American voters: STOP VOTING FOR PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65!!! These people are entrenched in the old system.

    There comes a time for everyone to retire. Do it at the top of your game, not on the way down. We need new blood to lead this country.

    May 7, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Moderate

    How's that party of No thingey, stand in the wayey working out for ya?

    Ohhh It isn't huh ?

    To bad

    May 7, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. PalmReader

    Ah, Chuck. Looks as if all the lies you spread last summer have come back to haunt you.

    Looks as if your days of pandering to a bunch of loose screws is nearing it's end.

    Can't say I'm sorry.

    May 7, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Barry

    Lets hope Iowa voters pull the plug on grandpa. The man is a mental midget.

    May 7, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Brenda

    I will wait to see the Rasmussen poll--Rasmussen polls registered, likely voters ONLY-–not just whoever answers the phone.

    There is no way that Iowa is going to vote to put in a Democrat--they are not that stupid.

    Unemployment is going UP, not down.

    Under the Bush Admin, Iowa had one of the largest business raids of employers hiring illegals in the country. With Democrats supporting/defending illegals- instead of US workers/tax payers- this issue alone will guarantee that a Democrat does NOT get the seat.

    May 7, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    May 7, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Colleen

    Grassley told someone that if they wanted Healthcare coverage that was as good as his, to run for congress. Looks like someone took his advice.

    May 7, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Grassley your lies have caught up with you now you will pay the price in November. Your Concerns is for the party not your people.YOU LIE.

    May 7, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Grog in Ohio

    While I think it's good news anytime one of these Republican neanderthals is in trouble, I'm afraid this may be wishful thinking. I'd be willing to wager Grassley gets re-elected, if even by a slender margin.

    May 7, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. normajean

    For some reason you are not allowing comments on the Sarah Palin item regarding her sticking her nose into California politics. Well, I'm here to tell you that nothing will make her choice lose faster than her endorsement. As a lifetime Californian, I think I can speak for most of us, we don't want her, her opinions, endorsements or any part of the Palin party involved in our state in any way. So, butt out Palin.

    May 7, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Jim Brodie

    Sorry Charlie, you outright lied to us. You don't deserve to hold office. Iowans, do what you must with this disgraced Senator.

    May 7, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. CR

    Flush! The lies are catching-up to you Sen. Grassley. Good riddance.

    May 7, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I really hope that the people in Iowa have more sense than to re-elect this liar! Time for him to go !

    May 7, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. normajean

    As for Mr. Grassley, I'm a grandma of 85 yrs. and he doesn't scare me one bit. I have faith in our administration and have seen nothing about it that worries me one bit. I wouldn't trust a Repub. any further than I could throw a piano.

    May 7, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. stef

    THey all lied about health care. Especially the dems. It has come out that the govt. knew this would make premiums go up, they just waited to release the report. NEVER RE-ELECT ANYONE!

    May 7, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. gary

    I'am surprised to see it took so long for the people of iowa to wise up to this corporate prostitute. he has never put the best interest of the people first. But he wont be the first or the last. I say replace them all. whatever it takes. The politicians don't represent us. They take there bribe money from corporate america, and vote the way they are told. So much for government of the people, by the people, for the people. Wake up america if nothing changes this nov. Then we need to take to the streets and take our country back.

    May 7, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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