Second General Election Poll Shows Ernst Deep Underwater with Voters, As Iowa Elevates as Key “U.S. Senate Battleground”

Just one week and two polls into the U.S. Senate general election, voters are sending a clear message that Senator Joni Ernst is out of step and Iowa is ready for a change. A new Civiqs poll shows Senator Ernst, the third-most unpopular senator in the country, is viewed unfavorably by a 52% majority of Iowans – underwater by 13 points as voters aresouring” on another six years of broken promises. 

The poll comes the same week a PPP poll showed categorical condemnation of Senator Ernst’s failure to deliver for Iowans, including only 35% approval of her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both polls also show businesswoman and Democratic nominee Theresa Greenfield with a slight edge over Senator Ernst on Election Day.

“Senator Joni Ernst’s election-year nightmare keeps rolling in. One week into the general election, Senator Ernst is just getting a taste of the fallout from Iowans after she went to Washington and left them behind,” said Jeremy Busch, Iowa Democratic Party spokesperson. “Not only are voters by-and-large castigating Senator Ernst’s half-decade of putting corporate PACs ahead of Iowa’s needs, but they’re ready to unite behind a new senator who will be a champion for every Iowan.”

On Monday, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith released a memo laying out Senator Ernst’s widespread voter disconnect, particularly with the key swing voters who will decide this election. After a half-decade of cozying up to corporate special interests, Washington has changed Senator Ernst, and Iowa voters are poised to send her packing.