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. Scott

    He is the poster child for term limits, I am almost to retirement age and he was in congress when I was in college, it is time for a change.

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

    His political career should be sent to a death panel. I can't believe the Republicans are still running on the party of NO platform. I'm glad we have a common sense president to balance out these nut jobs.

    May 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I can't imagine any intelligent person voting for this guy after his performance during the health care debate. He was just so dishonest. His siding with the crazies about healthcare was obscene – the people of Iowa deserve better.

    May 7, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Tayo

    Are you guys saying this man is a liar?

    May 7, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Dean

    chenna_benna May 7th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    Wow. If Repubs thought that reclaiming the house and/or Senate would be easy, they better think again.

    This type of partisan politics is what has killed us in the past. It is time to get rid of all incumbents regardless of their party.

    May 7, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Daniel

    What a clown! His ridiculous speaking voice won't be missed at all either.

    May 7, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. johnnyhouse

    I think that the voters want all of them out of there. They do not trust Democrat or Republicans.We need term limits and then these people can not build a kingdom within a kingdom. I sure would not want a single one of them running my business. All the crooks are not in jail.We need to replace them every 4 years .Darn glad we got term limits on Presidents also.

    May 7, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hey CNN, with a 9 point lead, I'm betting he still wins. Why don't you focus on all the Dems that are getting crushed in the polls.

    May 7, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. fred

    He's leading by 9 points............and this is Research2000, one of the WORST polling firms. It's a democratic firm. KOS/R2000 polls are never ever ever accurate.

    May 7, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. doight

    I have a feeling that Iowa voters will elect him again. It is amazing that anyone would vote for this man after watching his antics in the important Health Care debate. But he is bought and paid for and the corporations want him back in.

    May 7, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Scott

    I thought I'd find one supporter amongst these comments but no I didn't. And that's a good thing. People are finally waking up to what's really going on.

    May 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Washington DC Insider

    @chenna_benna, I think we'll see difficulty for any incumbent this year.

    Don't be surprised if a lot of Veteran Republicans and Democrats are booted from Congress this year (both the House and the Senate). I sense a general frustration with Congress. Democrats are stuck in blaming the last administration, blaming Republicans...generally casting blame anywhere but on themselves. And Republicans are becoming viewed as obstructionist and poor losers. Either way, both parties are being petty and hopefully we'll see more Independent candidates start to rise up and run.

    May 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Alex

    A man who purposefully tries to mislead the electorate. Why would anyone want him to stay in Washington to represent them?

    May 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Iowan

    I am glad Iowa is becoming 100% blue. Republicans need to be voted out. Even though this guy's is a nice person, he is in the wrong party. There's no more chances for the party of Bible, racism, slavery, descrimination, fat bald middle-aged men, and warmongers.

    May 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Jack Frost

    You may hate Grassley but to vote for Conlin is worst then voting Obama.She will make Nancy Polisi look like a conservative.

    May 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Positive

    I doubt anyone who had to calm an elderly friend or relative while people like this scaremongered for the GOP is going to pull the lever next to his name this time.

    May 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. ephraim

    People can have knee jerk reactions to fear-mongers like Grassley, but given a little time and consideration we always figure out who is lying
    and obstructing progress. Now that he wants to tout the health care
    reform as one of his achievements people remember how he lied,
    and basically took the civil debate out of important issues for the
    country and the state. Hopefully Iowan's will drop him at the curb
    and move toward progress the way they have on so many issues.

    May 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Robrob

    Anti-incumbent fever strikes again. At least the "new guy" will take a few more years to become corrupt and worthless.

    May 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Enoughalready

    I say it is time to take a SERIOUS look at ALL of the politicians democrat and republican alike. If they have not been serving the interest of the people, serving themselves, or serving "the Party" ahead of the people, FIRE THEM! ALL OF THEM! If the next bunch goes in and starts pulling their shenannigens, fire them too! Sooner or later, they will get the message. They are like children, the more you let them get away with, the more they will do or try to do. They need a good spanking! When we as voters do not keep them on their toes, we enable them to keep on pulling the crap on us all the while lining their pockets with our hard earned money. I could go on all day, but the message is clear.....Behave, or go to your room! The people have had enough!

    May 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Dave, St. Louis, Mo.

    You people are idiots. It's being proven the liars were the dems – premiums will skyrocket, there will rationing, and companies are already indicating they will be dripping health coverage. You are right, I can't wait until November! Hopefully the Republicans can repeal or fix most of the damage the lefties are doing!

    May 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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