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New Poll Reveals Interesting Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Iowa, trails U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 44 - 40 percent, as an unusual gender gap shows women supporting the man while men support the woman, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 42 - 29 percent Braley lead over Ernst in a March 13 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.   Today, women back Braley 47 - 36 percent, while men back Ernst 44 - 40 percent.  Republicans back their candidate 79 - 5 percent and Democrats are loyal 89 - 6 percent.  

Independent voters are split 38 - 38 percent.Braley gets a 35 - 26 percent favorability rating from Iowa voters, with 37 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion, compared to 46 percent who didn't know enough in March.  

Ernst gets an almost identical 34 - 28 percent favorability with 37 percent who don't know enough about her, compared to 80 percent who didn't know enough in March.A total of 47 percent of voters have seen Ernst campaign ads "very often" or "somewhat often" and 57 percent of all voters say they are "very effective" or "somewhat effective. 

A total of 35 percent of voters have seen Braley ads "very often" or "somewhat often" and 50 percent of all voters say they are "very effective" or "somewhat effective." "Winning the Republican nomination introduced State Sen. Joni Ernst to the Iowa electorate positively and put her within range of U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat.  

When Quinnipiac University surveyed Iowans in March, Joni Ernst was an unknown.  Now she is as well-known as Bruce Braley, and his double-digit lead has all but evaporated," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. 
 
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