Most Iowa voters say they hope Grassley does not seek reelection: poll

A majority of Iowa voters surveyed in a new poll said they do not wish to see Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Iowa) run for reelection again.

The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found only 28 percent of respondents said they hope Grassley decides to run again, and 55 percent hope he does not. Another 17 percent indicated they are undecided. 

Grassley, who has represented the Hawkeye State in the Senate since 1980, would be 95 at the end of his next term if he were to run for reelection in 2022 and win. 


“With some of these people who are in their 80s, you kind of want them to be out being a grandparent, not in office,” said Austin McMinemee, a 38-year-old poll respondent, according to the Register. “Go enjoy life! There are younger people who can take on that role with similar politics and everything.”

Half of the Iowa Republicans surveyed said they would like to see him run again in 2022, and 15 percent are unsure. 

Grassley has said he will make a decision about whether or not to run again in 2022 this fall. 

"If I can do that every day, I hope nobody has any questions about my ability to conduct a campaign,” he told the newspaper about his daily morning jogs. “It'll be up to the voters to decide whether or not I should be reelected. But I hope they won't say I can't conduct a campaign."

The new poll was conducted March 7-10 among 775 Iowa adults. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Updated 1:51 p.m.