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. Conservative Democrat

    Another lie from CNN. We all know that the Republicans are going to win every race easily in November. We know this because the Republicans tell us so.

    May 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    Let's hope all republicans are in trouble this year. they've banded together to stop the repair of the horrible damage their 'president' did to this country! time to get the arsonists away from the burning house and elect more firemen!

    May 7, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Solo77

    he has to go in November. Useless senator.

    May 7, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Ted

    I think incumbents like Repthug Grassley are in trouble. Most Repukelicans have been there during the disastrous GW Bush years and aiding and abetting all his wonderful policies that put us in the economic and diplomatic trouble we are in here and abroad. They could have gotten on board with Obama, but decided to be the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA The Party of NO. Have fun in retirement – we won't miss your divisiveness.

    May 7, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Jim

    30 yrs in the senate and he hasn't done one thing yet but soak up the taxpayers money and fool them while he's been doing it. It's time to elect working class citizens who know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck not these do nothing dinosaur senators. I've been to Iowa twice and there are some really good folks there who treat common folk who are just passing by with respect and dignity. Hopefully the'll band together and elect a Senator who will work for them. We all deserve that as citizens.

    It's time Iowans to put this guy out to pasture.

    May 7, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Carrie

    Pull the plug on Grassley!! Time for him to go!

    May 7, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. FloridaIndependent

    Gopers, Dems I've had a belly full of both major parties and would love to see other alternatives on the ballot this fall. Mostly I would like to see None of the Below right at the top of any office that is being run for. I'm disgusted with the current democratic/liberal congress and do not want to return control of government to the party that got us into the mess this country is in now the REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVES. My campaign slogan for this years midterm election: use a big broom and sweep them all out.

    May 7, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Jilli

    Not surprised. Iowans aren't stupid. They're left to wonder which side of his mouth he'll be speaking from.

    May 7, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. mike

    the voters are beginning to find out the truth and by november the
    party of no will be history these idiots are showing there true colors
    they are in bed with wall street and the oil companies Palin is
    sticking it to the tea party by her support of republican candidates
    and not the tea party candidates

    May 7, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Kathy Robbins

    Ahh...a glimmer of hope that November 2008 won't be a repeat of November 1994 no matter how much the GOP predicts it will.

    May 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Lifelong Iowan

    I think even most Democrats have been reasonably satisfied with Grassley's Senate performance until the past 18 months, when he joined the "say any crazy thing if it might hurt Obama" flock. Since then, I've been shocked time after time at the things that have come out of his mouth. He's become an embarrassment to our fine state and needs to GO.

    May 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Terry in Iowa

    There are many of us Iowans who find him to be a partisan hack and opportunist. I’ve observed that he has zero integrity.

    May 7, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. ATL Guy

    All the Fox News Tea Party sponsored nonsense is coming home to roost with these folks. Every month that the economy comes back to normal and people start working again, they will know that the people who did the heavy lifting to get them back on the job is Democrats. The Republicans said no to the stimulus, wanted the banks and car companies to fail and put more people out of work and didn't want to deal with the healthcare problems facing the country. They basically wanted to continue doing what Bush was doing which was absolutely nothing.

    May 7, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. leanderjim

    Very interesting.............Oh, I agree with Republicans...there will be change in November.........but, just not the change they expect.......This whole last year of cozying up with crazies......i.e. Tea Partiers, and being the party of no will explode in their faces.........Republicans, let's get back to the intellectual base that is us........David Brooks, we need you.

    May 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Jacq

    Looks like we well have 60 votes after all

    May 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Monrob

    His dead grandma is coming to haunt him for "pulling the plug."

    May 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Dave Elliott

    Must point out Grassley has already received over 1 million dollars from pacs representing Pharma/Insurance/Health Professionals/Hospitals,Nursing Homes/Health Services,HMOs. Its not hard to figure out why his position is what it is. Gotta give him credit, once bought he stays bought.

    May 7, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. gino

    Time to put this old horse out to pasture. Grassly.

    May 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Clt

    Hates the government but in search of a lifetime government job. I don't know how anybody believes some of these guys.

    May 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Jerry from Iowa

    Its Time for Chuck to go, he has lost his aura of integrity, we in Iowa have noticed and Chuck will no longer enjoy a cakewalk of an election.

    May 7, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I hope that his opposition is worthy of voter support. I have no use for Grassley, but let's get a "hopey changey" candidate that will work WITH the President to bring support and respect for VOTERS, not Big Business or other financially large special interests. America voted FOR (now) President Obama, based on HIS AGENDA. Let's elect people who will help him get that done and explained to everyone, in a TRUTHFUL way.

    May 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. informed

    let's pull the plug on grandpa Chuck!
    metaphorically speaking, of course.

    May 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Mike

    Grassley will come back, this country needs to get rid of tax and spend demorats, not send more to DC. Grassley did not lie, there are indeed death panels in the health care deformity nobamby bill, they just call it something else. Liberals are to dumb or do not work for a living so they think they are getting free health care. Talk about STUPID.

    May 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Rani McBride

    Wow CNN is actually putting out the facts that dispute the hipe of the tea partier's .....that the majority of American's are against the Democrats and the Obama Administration.... they better start printing the truth. That the reason why the polls are against the congress and the current that not enough is being done to change things in America. This is why Obama won, remember... people want the changed he campaigned for. The reason why not enough is being done is because of the nay sayers in Congress... the Republicans saying no to everything, just so Obama has no victory. The moderate people of America see what the Tea Party is really about. Sore republican loosers, wrapping themselves in the American Flag!

    May 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Splat!~

    I am from Iowa as well and I was repulsed by Grassleys' decision to follow in Sarah Palins footsteps. I will not vote for him again. I wish I lived in the district of Rep. Steven King so I could vote that troglodyte out as well.

    Long live Dave Loebsack!~

    May 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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