Hawkeye Poll: Hubbell Narrowly Leading Reynolds in Race for Governor

Nov 2, 2018

A newly released Hawkeye Poll shows Fred Hubbell with a slight lead over Governor Kim Reynolds in Iowa's gubernatorial race.

During this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Political Science Professor Fredrick Boehmke, and University of Iowa student Barrett Bierschenk about the Hawkeye Poll. The poll is conducted by University of Iowa students as a class exercise on conducting survey research and analyzing results.

"In Iowa, we have a strong economy right now, and generally, that indicates a strong advantage for an incumbent," Boehmke says. 

"But health care emerged as a top issue for all groups, especially for democrats and independents. There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the medicaid privitization and how health care is working. There are a lot of factors that are making it harder for her to capitalize on the strong economy."

Data for the Hawkeye poll was collected in early October.