Iowa Governor: Branstad (R) Remains Well Ahead of Culver (D)

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Terry Branstad maintains a double-digit lead against Democratic incumbent Chet Culver in Iowa’s gubernatorial race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Branstad earning 55% support to Culver’s 37%.  Four percent (4%) favor some other candidate, while four percent (4%) are undecided.  (To see survey questions, click here.)

In surveys dating back to February, Branstad has consistently held a comfortable lead over his Democratic challenger, earning support from a low of 52% to a high of 57%.  Meanwhile, Culver has earned anywhere from 31% to 38% of the vote in those same surveys.  Last month, Branstad posted a 52% to 36% advantage over the incumbent.

This race remains Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Only 41% of voters in Iowa approve of the job Culver is doing as governor.  Fifty-eight percent (58%) disapprove.

Branstad, who previously served as governor from 1983 to 1999, is favored by 90% of Republicans in the state.  Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats support Culver, who was elected governor in 2006.  Among voters not affiliated with either party, the Republican leads the incumbent by better than two-to-one.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Iowa was conducted on September 23, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Nineteen percent (19%) of all voters in Iowa consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement.  Membership in Iowa is higher than it is nationally. Sixty-two percent (62%) do not classify themselves as part of the movement.  Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.

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