As much Barack Obama may not like to think about it, his time in the Oval Office is ticking down. Somebody else will have the chance to build up our hopes and then send them crashing to the ground. (Or, examined from the other side, confirm once more that the U.S. of A. is heading straight to heck in a hand basket.)
So, three years out a poll is taking the temperature of residents of Iowa, a state with a large and early voice in which candidates square off in the general election.
The tale of the tape is very friendly for two possibles: Hillary Clinton, who is favored by 89 percent of Iowa Democrats, and Paul Ryan, who records a 73 percent favorability rating.
Yet, what the polls give to Clinton, they also take away:
“Clinton’s score is eye-popping and shows she is viewed more favorably than any Democrat or Republican by a big margin,” said Jeff Link, an Iowa Democratic operative.
But the poll brings to light another reality: Clinton would likely face a firestorm of opposition from Republicans in Iowa if she runs for president again — a majority of Republicans, 59 percent, have a “very unfavorable” view of her, the most negative rating possible. “That’s a monster number,” pollster J. Ann Selzer said. “Were she to be nominated, there would be a resurgence of this ‘we hate Hillary’ faction that has been dormant.”