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THE DES MOINES REGISTER/MEDIACOM IOWA POLL

SELZER & COMPANY


800 Iowa adults
Margin of error: 3.5 percentage points

Study #2145
October 3-6, 2016
Weighted by age, sex, and education
POLL QUESTIONS

Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

As a senator and regarding his service to Iowa, do you think Chuck Grassley is getting better, getting worse, or staying
about the same as he used to be?
11
26
50
13
9
1

Better
Worse
Same
Not sure
Probably not vote
Refused/not sure

Continue
Ask past voting question, then skip to Grassley
question

Have you voted in past elections? (If yes, ask:) Would you say you have voted in most general elections, or just
some general elections in the past?
67
16
16
1

Yes, have voted in most


Yes, have voted in some
No, have not voted in past
Not sure

Im going to mention some elected officials. For each, please tell me if you approve or disapprove
of the way each is handling his or her job. (Rotate list.)
Approve

Disapprove

Not
Sure

Joni Ernst as U.S. senator

Oct-16

50

28

23

Chuck Grassley as U.S. senator

Oct-16

56

30

14

(If definitely vote, ask:) If the general election were held today, and the candidates were [Hillary Clinton for the
Democrats], [Donald Trump for the Republicans], [Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party], and [Jill Stein for
the Green Party], for whom would you vote? (Rotate candidate names in brackets.)
(If already voted, ask:) In the election for president, for whom did you vote[Hillary Clinton for the Democrats],
[Donald Trump for the Republicans], [Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party], or [Jill Stein for the Green
Party]? (Rotate candidate names in brackets.)
(If definitely vote and not sure or would not vote, ask:) Toward which do you lean?
(If already voted and not sure, ask:) Do you just not want to tell, or do you not remember?
(Asked only of likely voters; n=642. Margin of error: 3.9 percentage
points.)

Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Gary Johnson

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First choice

Lean

39
41
6

2
-

Total

39
43
6

Jill Stein
Other/would not vote (VOL)
Not sure/Dont remember
Dont want to tell

2
3
8
2

2
5
-

2
2
5
2

Of the following, which would you say is the main reason you support Hillary Clinton? (Asked only of likely voters who
supported Clinton in the presidential horserace question; n=257. Margin of error: 6.1 percentage points.)

52
5
17
11
1
13
2

Her experience
Her temperament
Her intelligence
That she is respected by world leaders
That she would be the first woman president
None of these (VOL)
Not sure

Would you say your vote for Hillary Clinton is more a vote to support her for president, or more a vote to stop
Donald Trump from becoming president? (Asked only of likely voters who supported Clinton in the presidential horserace
question; n=257. Margin of error: 6.1 percentage points.)

53
42
5

More to support Clinton


More to vote against Trump
Not sure

Of the following, which would you say is the main reason you support Donald Trump? (Asked only of likely voters who
supported Trump in the presidential horserace question; n=278. Margin of error: 5.9 percentage points.)

29
12
12
2
32
10
4

He is not a politician
He tells it like it is
He will change the way government works
He will make things interesting
He will restore what is good about America that has slipped away
None of these (VOL)
Not sure

Would you say your vote for Donald Trump is more a vote to support him for president, or more a vote to stop
Hillary Clinton from becoming president? (Asked only of likely voters who supported Trump in the presidential horserace
question; n=278. Margin of error: 5.9 percentage points.)

51
46
3

More to support Trump


More to vote against Clinton
Not sure

Now, Im going to mention some concerns that political opponents have expressed about Donald Trump. For
each, please tell me if this is something that bothers you a lot, a little, or not at all. (Rotate.)
(Asked only of likely voters; n=642. Margin of error: 3.9 percentage points.)

Trump's decision not to release his tax returns and documents


suggesting he may have legally owed no federal taxes some years
Trump's criticism of a reporter that was seen as mocking the
reporter's physical disability
Suspension of Trump Foundation fundraising and spending
because it did not file proper documents with New York state
government
Trumps attitude toward women, including comments about a
former Miss Universe

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Bothers
A lot

Bothers
A little

Bothers
Not at all

Not
Sure

39

15

45

53

21

23

31

25

40

48

16

34

Now, Im going to mention some concerns that political opponents have expressed about Hillary Clinton. For each,
please tell me if this is something that bothers you a lot, a little, or not at all. (Rotate.)
(Asked only of likely voters; n=642. Margin of error: 3.9 percentage points.)

Clinton's handling of her private e-mail


Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attack
Clinton's family's foundation accepted money from foreign
governments when she was secretary of state
Questions about Clintons trustworthiness

Bothers
A lot

Bothers Bothers
A little Not at all

Not
Sure

53
52

24
23

23
21

1
4

51
52

27
22

20
25

2
1

Regardless of which candidate you support, who do you think would do a better job with each of the following
[Hillary Clinton] or [Donald Trump]? (Alternate candidate names. Rotate list.)
(Asked only of likely voters; n=642. Margin of error: 3.9 percentage points.) Clinton

Fixing the economy


Handling relations with other countries
Determining tax policy
Combating Islamic terrorism
Fixing the immigration system
Negotiating favorable trade deals

40
60
43
42
45
46

Trump

53
34
47
49
48
46

Neither
(VOL)

4
4
5
5
4
4

Not
Sure

3
3
5
4
4
4

In general, do you think things in the nation are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong
track?

Oct-16
Feb-16
Feb-15
Sep-14
Feb-14
Dec-13
Sep-13
Jun-13
Feb-13
Sep-12
Feb-12
Feb-11
Sep-10
Feb-10
Nov-09
Sep-09
Apr-09
Jan-09

Right
direction

Wrong
track

Not
sure

21

71

25
29
23
23
23
22
30
37
40
30
32
30
31
35
41
43
36

65
60
65
68
70
68
60
51
54
64
58
63
61
58
50
49
53

10
11
12
9
7
10
10
12
6
6
10
7
8
7
9
8
11

What about here in Iowa? Do you think things in the state are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on
the wrong track?

Oct-16
Feb-16
Feb-15
Sep-14
Feb-14
Dec-13

Right
direction

Wrong
track

Not
sure

48

39

13

45
56
55
52
55

40
30
31
37
33

15
14
14
11
12

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Sep-13
Jun-13
Feb-13
Sep-12
Feb-12
Feb-11
Sep-10
Feb-10
Nov-09
Sep-09
Apr-09
Jan-09

52
56
58
60
52
40
39
34
34
48
45
44

36
34
28
31
38
47
52
57
57
41
44
45

12
10
14
9
10
13
9
9
9
11
11
11

Was there ever a time you supported Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president?
37
62
1

Yes
No
Not sure
ABOUT THE POLL

The Iowa Poll, conducted Oct. 3-6 for The Des Moines Register and Mediacom by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, is based on
telephone interviews with 800 Iowans ages 18 or older. Interviewers with Quantel Research contacted households with
randomly selected landline and cell phone numbers supplied by Survey Sampling International. Interviews were administered
in English. Responses were adjusted by age, sex, and educational attainment to reflect the general population based on recent
census data.
Questions based on the sample of 800 Iowa adults have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
This means that if this survey were repeated using the same questions and the same methodology, 19 times out of 20, the
findings would not vary from the percentages shown here by more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Results based on
smaller samples of respondentssuch as by gender or agehave a larger margin of error.
Republishing the copyright Iowa Poll without credit to The Des Moines Register and Mediacom is prohibited.

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