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Most Iowans Disapprove of President's Job

   Iowa voters disapprove 55 - 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, plunging the president to one of his lowest scores ever in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University, according to a poll released today.
   These Iowa results compare to a 50 - 45 percent disapproval in a May 24 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.
   Disapproval is 90 - 6 percent among Republicans and 59 - 37 percent among independent voters, while Democrats approve 82 - 13 percent.
   In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ties New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 41 - 41 percent. 
   In the 2016 Clinton-Christie dead heat, Clinton carries Democrats 82 - 8 percent while Christie takes Republicans 80 - 8 percent and the two split independent voters 36 - 37 percent.  She wins women 47 - 37 percent, he takes men 45 - 35 percent.
   In Iowa's 2014 U.S. Senate race, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley has a 27 - 13 percent favorability rating, while 58 percent do not know enough about him to have an opinion. 
   While that is a low recognition factor, it is much better than possible Republican contenders, Matt Whitaker, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, David Young or Sam Clovis, whose "don't know enough" scores range from 88 percent to 94 percent.
   Iowa voters are divided on the State Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 47 percent supporting it and 44 percent opposing.
By a larger 55 - 36 percent margin, voters oppose amending the Iowa State Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.  Voters believe 57 - 31 percent that such a ban would be struck down by the courts.
   From July 15 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voters with a margin of error of /- 2.8 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
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