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Obama’s Approval Rating Collapses On Every Front In Iowa

- June 12, 2013

WILL HE DRAG BRUCE BRALEY DOWN WITH HIM?

54 Percent Of Iowans Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing, "The Worst Rating In Iowa In His 4½ Years In Office." "Iowans dislike the work President Barack Obama is doing, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows. The Democrat has long struggled to impress Iowans with his governing abilities - his job approval rating has been underwater for the better part of the last 3½ years - but in recent weeks he has confronted a constant barrage of crises and relentless criticism about overreaching and arrogance. Seven months after Iowans rallied behind Obama to help ensure his re-election, 54 percent disapprove of the job he's doing as president. That's his worst rating in Iowa in his 4½ years in office." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

  • Just 41 Percent Of Iowans Approve Of Obama's Job Performance, Down From 49 Percent In February. "Post-election, Obama's job approval rating inched down again, hitting 49 percent in February this year. Now it's down another 8 percentage points to 41 percent." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13) 
  • "'That Says To Me The Scandals Are Taking A Hit,' Said J. Ann Selzer, The Iowa Poll's Director." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

"Sixty Percent Of Iowa Adults Believe The Nation Is On The Wrong Track." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

"When Asked About Obama Specifically, Iowans' Opinions Are Chilly On Every Topic Tested." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

  • "A Majority Don't Like Obama's Strategies For Dealing With The Budget Deficit (64 Percent Disapprove) Or The Economy (58 Percent Disapprove)." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)
  • "And 57 Percent Disapprove Of The Way Obama Is Managing Relationships With The U.S. Congress." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

The Benghazi Attack Is "The Controversy That Resonates Most Strongly With Iowans." "The controversy that resonates most strongly with Iowans among the three tested centers on the fatal attack in Benghazi last Sept. 11. It's more than a topic of angry chatter among Republican activists; it's a major concern to 52 percent of Iowans." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

  • "Even Among Democrats, Half Think The Controversy Over The Way The Obama Administration Initially Failed To Disclose The Involvement Of Terrorism Is Either A Major Or Minor Concern." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)
  • "And 67 Percent Of Iowa Independents And 87 Percent Of Republicans Are Concerned To Some Level." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Iowa Poll: Scandals Hurt Obama In Iowa," Des Moines Register , 6/11/13)

OBAMA'S FLAGGING APPROVAL RATING IS BAD NEWS FOR BRUCE BRALEY

Braley Remains Relatively Unknown In Iowa

57 Percent Of Adults In Iowa, Including 34 Percent In His District, Don't Know Who Bruce Braley Is. "Democrat Bruce Braley has been an Iowa congressman since 2007, but 34 percent of Iowa adults in his district aren't sure who he is…When it comes to Braley, 57 percent of adults across Iowa are unfamiliar with the Waterloo resident who made a career as a successful trial lawyer. (Jennifer Jacobs, "Senate Seat Seekers Unfamiliar To Many Voters," Des Moines Register, 6/8/13)

  • "Democrat Bruce Braley Has Been An Iowa Congressman Since 2007." (Jennifer Jacobs, "Senate Seat Seekers Unfamiliar To Many Voters," Des Moines Register, 6/8/13)

Braley Was Unknown To 57 Percent Of Iowa Voters In A May Quinnipiac Poll As Well. "The best known of the bunch is the one Democrat in the race, Congressman Bruce Braley who is viewed favorably by 27 percent and unfavorably by 14 percent while 57 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion." ( Quinnipiac University Poll, 1411 RV, MOE 2.6%, 5/15-5/21/13)

There's Plenty About Bruce Braley That Iowa Voters Won't Like

Obama Helped Bruce Braley Win His First Congressional Election In 2006. "Obama, a potential presidential candidate for 2008, has been increasing his national exposure by fundraising for candidates across the nation. He visited Davenport on Saturday to campaign for Democrat Bruce Braley, who running for eastern Iowa's 1st Congressional District against Republican Mike Whalen." (Mike Glover, "Obama: Democrats should embrace national security debate, The Associated Press, 9/30/06)

  • Obama: "We'll Lick Envelopes. If We've Got To Make Phone Calls For Bruce Braley, Then We'll Make Phone Calls. If I've Got To Come Back To Iowa To Campaign For Bruce Braley, I'll Come Back To Iowa." (NPR's " Morning Edition," 10/13/06)

Braley Strongly Endorsed Obama For President In 2008. "I believe there's one candidate for President who has the ability to unite our country and bring about the change we need. That's why today I'm proud to endorse Barack Obama for President." (Press Release, "U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley Endorses Barack Obama," Obama For America, 4/30/08)

  • Braley: "It's Hard Not To Be Excited About Barack Obama." (Press Release, "U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley Endorses Barack Obama," Obama For America, 4/30/08)

Braley Feels "Very Good" About His Relationship With Obama And Has "Always Supported" Him. NPR's DAVID GREENE: "You once called him your new best friend. What's your relationship with him like today?" REP. BRUCE BRALEY (D-IA): "I would say that it's cordial, and I have always supported the president. He is extremely busy and has a lot on his plate, and you know, he has been someone who has been very appreciative of the role that Iowa played in his election. So you know, I feel very good about my relationship with the president." (NPR's "Morning Edition," 12/26/12)

Braley Proudly Voted For Obamacare. "After reading the bill, listening to my constituents and debating the bill's provisions in Congress, I'm convinced this legislation is good for Iowa." (Press Release, "Braley Statement On House Passage Of Health Care Reform," Congressman Bruce Braley, 3/25/10)

  • Obama Pays For His Government Takeover Of Health Care With $829.3 Billion In Job-Killing Taxes On Small Businesses, Investments And Innovation. ("Updated Estimates For The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office, 3/12; "Estimated Revenue Effects Of A Proposal To Repeal Certain Tax Provisions Contained In The 'Affordable Care Act,'" Joint Committee On Taxation, 6/15/12; "Estimate Of The Effects Of The Affordable Care Act On Health Insurance Coverage," Congressional Budget Office , 5/14/13)
  • Americans Oppose Obamacare By A 12 Point Margin - 49 Percent Opposed To 37 Percent In Support. ( NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll , 1000 A, MOE 3.1, 5/30-6/2)

Braley Called Obama's Stimulus "Absolutely Critical To Jumpstart The Economy." Q: "Congressman, Michelle Phillips from the Anamosa Journal Eureka. I was wanting to know if you would be supporting President- Elect Obama's suggested stimulus package, and if so, why -- if not, why not." REP. BRALEY (D-IA): "Well, I certainly plan to be generally supportive of President Obama's stimulus package because it's absolutely critical to jumpstart the economy and to create jobs which we are losing at alarming rates every month." ("Conference Call With Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA)," 1/8/09)


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