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Joni Ernst’s Approval Rating Hits All-Time High in Iowa

The impressive polling results could give pause to Democrats considering challenging her in 2020.

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2019 @11:30am
Joni Ernst’s Approval Rating Hits All-Time High in Iowa

Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) approval rating hit an all-time high this month, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll.

In both job approval and favorability, Ernst is significantly over 50 percent, according to the poll of 803 Iowans:

Fifty-seven percent of Iowans say they approve of the job she’s doing — a 10 percentage-point increase since September. She earns approval from a majority of Iowans in each of the state’s four congressional districts. That includes a high of 65 percent in the Republican-heavy 4th District, in northwest and north central Iowa, and a low of 51 percent in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District, in southeast Iowa.

Ernst has similarly high favorability ratings. She is viewed favorably by 56 percent of Iowans, including 84 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 28 percent of Democrats, the poll shows.

Ernst was the first woman elected to Congress from Iowa in 2014 and is running for reelection in 2020. She made headlines last month by opening up about her divorce and her past experiences with sexual assault.

Approval ratings like Ernst’s could very well give some Democrats pause before launching campaigns to challenge her.

And speaking of challengers, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), who has “downplayed speculation that he might enter the race but has not sworn off the possibility completely,” received positive marks from Iowans, though not quite on the level of Ernst. Vilsack earned a favorable view from 53 percent of Iowa adults, per the poll.

The poll found that other would-be challengers to Ernst lacked name recognition statewide.

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