President’s approval rating hits all-time low in Iowa
(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.