The Washington Times - December 18, 2013, 09:15AM

President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Iowa has dropped to an all-time low in the state and “one of his lowest in any state or national survey” conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Mr. Obama received a negative 38-59 percent job approval rating, down from a 41-55 negative split in a July 22 poll.


“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 institute took a look at what that means for Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat hoping to grab the Senate seat that will be vacated after next year by Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat.

Asked about the race, 29 percent of Iowa voters see their vote as one against Mr. Obama, 14 percent say it is a vote for Mr. Obama and 54 percent say Mr. Obama is not a factor.

“Half of the voters say their Senate vote will have nothing to do with Obama, but among the other half, twice as many say it is a vote against the president rather than for him,” Mr. Brown said.

According to the institute, Mr. Braley would receive 43 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, a Republican contender.

Mr. Braley would trump five other potential Republican opponents by larger margins, but Quinnipiac warns that many Iowa voters wouldn’t mind if the GOP took control of the Senate.

“Almost half of Iowa voters want Republicans to control the U.S. Senate,” Mr. Brown said. “And even though Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley defeats his potential GOP opponents in trial heats, when asked about what they want in the views of their next U.S. senator, voters appear to be leaning toward the GOP agenda.”