Iowa Poll: Tom Miller leads Brenna Bird by 16 percentage points in attorney general race


HR King
May 29, 2001
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller leads challenger Brenna Bird by 16 percentage points among likely voters, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters say they would vote for Miller, a Democrat, compared with 33% who choose Bird, a Republican. Another 5% say they would vote for someone else, 7% say they would not vote and 6% are not sure.

Miller is the longest-serving attorney general in the country and is seeking an 11th term this year. He is running on a message that he has used the law to serve ordinary Iowans through consumer protection efforts and lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.

He faces a spirited challenge from Bird, the Guthrie County attorney, who has emphasized her support for law enforcement and accused Miller of a lack of commitment to the job.

Bird has received an influx of cash from state and national Republicans, who view the race as competitive. She reported raising more than $2.3 million in the most recent fundraising period, which included $1.8 million from the Republican Attorneys General Association and $150,000 from the state Republican Party.

Miller raised more than $1 million, including $800,000 from the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

Miller does best with Iowan voters with college degrees (59%), women (58%), city dwellers (58%), residents of northeast Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District (57%) and those ages 65 and older (56%).

Bird leads with voters who are evangelicals (54%), rural residents (42%) and residents of northwestern Iowa’s 4th Congressional District (37%).

The poll of 804 Iowa adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. On the head-to-head contest, which was asked of 620 likely voters, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

The poll was conducted Oct. 9-12 by Selzer & Co.