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Local reaction to Gov. Kim Reynolds approval poll

According to a recent poll conducted by the Des Moines Register, more than half of Iowa residents approve of how Governor Kim Reynolds is doing.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 4:33 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 8:57 PM

KIMT News 3 - According to a recent poll conducted by the Des Moines Register, more than half of Iowa residents approve of how Governor Kim Reynolds is doing.
While 51 percent approve, nearly the other half say they're ready for a new leader. Reynolds took over as governor in May after former governor Terry Branstad took the position as U.S. Ambassador to China.
Many of whom we spoke with aren't too surprised by her approval rating.
“I am, she’s right on the fence. I know we had a lot of movement for a female president last year and that didn't happen. I think she should be put up for to run like anyone else,” Ryan Baker said.
“No I’m not surprised. Governor Branstad did a great job in there so for him to elect her I would support his decision on her as an elected official,” Troy Levenhagen said.
We reached out to local legislators to see what they think.
House Representative Sharon Steckman says “She has basically followed along with all of Branstad's policies which has led this state into the budget deficit we are facing when we return in January, add to that the Medicaid and mental health debacle. We definitely need someone to lead on these policies. She and I were elected the same year and then Branstad pulled her into one with him 2 years. I am waiting for her to step up and show leadership.”
While Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer says “While this will be Governor Reynolds’ first session as Governor, we’ve worked closely together on a number of issues over the years. She is a thoughtful leader with everyday Iowans at the heart of the decisions she makes. I look forward to working with Governor Reynolds on the priorities she outlined during her inauguration which include innovating our career training programs, comprehensive tax reform, and providing our kids with a world-class education. If we can accomplish these goals, we can make Iowa an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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