As the 2022 midterms inch closer, polling companies are casting survey nets across the country to get an early look at what voters are thinking in an almost-post-pandemic America.
According to The Hill, as Republicans mount an effort to win back majority control of both chambers of Congress, it appears that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) might have a few obstacles to overcome if he decides to seek an eighth term, as a recent poll indicated that across the state, 64% of respondents believe “it’s time for someone else” to hold his Senate seat.
“Chuck Grassley has had a long and mostly good run, but most Iowa voters appear ready to move on, and his ratings reflect waning interest,” pollster J. Ann Selzer told the Des Moines Register.
The numbers are in
The poll, which was recently conducted by the Des Moines Register and Mediacom Iowa, doesn’t bode well for the 84-year-old senator’s political prospects, as he only managed to round up 27% of support across the state for a reelection run.
Another 8% indicated that they weren’t sure about voting for Grassley once again, while the remaining respondents indicated that they would not vote in the election.
Grassley, who’s served in the U.S. Senate for an astonishing 40 years, saw slightly better numbers when the respondents were broken down into political parties, as only 37% of Republicans felt as though Grassley’s Senate seat should be filled with a fresh candidate.
Fifty-one percent of Republican voters said they’d vote for Grassley if he runs next year, though Grassley and his team would presumably like to see that number much higher than it currently stands.
Not surprisingly, a vast majority of Democratic voters felt that Grassley should be replaced, at 89%. Unfortunately for the aging senator, independent voters — a critical voting bloc for any candidate to capture — also overwhelmingly believe he should be replaced, with 68% holding that view.
More bad news
According to Politico, Grassley is suffering in other important polling areas, such as job approval numbers. The latest numbers indicate that he’s holding roughly a 45% approval rating, which happens to be his lowest percentage since 1982.
The Grassley poll is especially notable as Selzer indicated it’s the first time the polling company has decided to check the temperature of Grassley’s popularity in the state, as he’s always held “stellar” numbers and had “a certain invincibility.”
“Well, it appears he is now vincible,” she added.
Only time will tell if Grassley, who has served his country admirably for multiple decades, will take another run at continuing as an Iowa senator, but even if he decides to throw in the towel, you can be sure that that the Republican party likely has a number of viable replacements lined up, waiting for their shot.