Grassley leads Franken by 3 points in re-election bid: poll

Late. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) has a 3-point lead over Democratic challenger Mike Franken in Iowa’s Senate race, according to a new Des Moines Register-Mediacom Iowa poll.

The poll, released Sunday, found that 46 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Grassley in November’s midterm elections, while 43 percent of respondents offered their support for Franken.

Ninety-three percent of Democratic respondents said they will vote for Franken, a former Navy veteran, in next month’s election, while 4 percent of Democrats polled said they will cast their vote for Grassley.

Ninety percent of Republican respondents, meanwhile, said they will vote for Grassley, who is serving his seventh term in the Senate, in next month’s election, while 2 percent of Republicans said they will cast their ballots for his opponent.

Among independent voters, 46 percent of respondents said they would cast their vote for Franken, while 35 percent of respondents said they would vote for Grassley, according to the poll.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable opinion of the incumbent senator, while 47 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Grassley.

36 percent of the respondents said that they have a positive attitude towards Franken, while 27 percent of the respondents see him unfavorably.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents remain undecided about Franken, who is running for one of Iowa’s two Senate seats in 2020, pollsters noted.

The Des Moines Register-Mediacom Iowa poll was conducted from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, with a total of 804 respondents taking the survey. The measurement’s margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.

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