Jun 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Poll: 64% of Iowans think it's time for Chuck Grassley to retire

Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A new poll published over the weekend indicates that 64% of those surveyed believe it's "time for someone else" to occupy Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) Senate seat, the Des Moines Register reports.

Why it matters: Grassley hasn't said yet whether he plans to seek re-election in 2022, but with an evenly divided Senate, "Iowa's race is one of the most closely watched" in the country, according to Politico.

The big picture: Only 27% of those surveyed said they would vote for Grassley, per the Des Moines Register.

  • Of the 27% who would re-elect him, 51% were Republican, 7% were Democrat and 23% were independents.
  • 37% of Republicans polled said they were ready for someone else to take up the seat, while 89% of Democrats and 68% of Independents said the same, reports the Des Moines Register.
  • Seven out of 10 female voters surveyed said they would like to see Grassley replaced, notes Politico.

What they're saying: "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, president of Selzer & Co., the company that conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register.

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