Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Gov. Culver's Job Approval Rating Falls to New Low

For immediate release;
May 6, 2009
Contact: Danielle Plogmann 319.290.4185
Republican Party of Iowa
621 East 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Culver’s Job Approval Falls to New Low
15-Point Plummet since start of year

Des Moines — A new Survey USA poll shows Governor Culver’s job approval rating with Iowans has fallen to 42%, the lowest rating since the Governor took office—with 50% of Iowans expressing disapproval of the Governor’s job performance. Matt Strawn, Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa said today, “It is becoming increasingly clear that Iowans are losing faith in their out-of-touch Governor and his big debt job-killing agenda.”

The April 2009 42% approval rating for Culver is down from a 57% approval rating in December 2008, just before the start of the 2009 legislative session.

Strawn continued “It is no surprise the Governor’s approval rating is his lowest since taking office and that only 37% of “no party/independent” voters approve of the job he is doing. Iowans know Governor Culver is dragging the state in the wrong direction with his support of big labor’s legislative agenda and his effort to eliminate federal deductibility and raise taxes on hundreds of thousands of Iowans.

“Culver and his Democratic colleagues who control the Legislature have made one bad move after another and voters have begun to understand the consequences of their actions. Iowans have made it clear they support a pay-as-you-go approach to government spending. Yet, the Governor gives them a $1.7 billion debt scheme. Iowans have also made it clear they support defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman and that they want an opportunity to vote on this issue. Yet, Governor Culver refuses to support a constitutional amendment that would give them that very opportunity.

“Iowans are seeking strong leadership and principled solutions to their real life problems. Simply put, Governor Culver is failing to provide either, and Iowa Republicans are ready to deliver on both,” concluded Strawn.

The Survey USA poll of 600 Iowans was conducted from April 24, 2009 through April 26, 2009.

Link to the current poll results
Link to the graph of Culver’s ratings since taking office