A plurality of Iowans approve of the job the Iowa Legislature is doing as Republicans enjoy their largest Statehouse majorities in decades. 

Just less than half of Iowans, 48%, say they approve of the Iowa Legislature, while 36% say they disapprove and 16% are not sure, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. 

The poll of 805 Iowa adults was conducted March 5-8 by Selzer & Co. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.   

Republicans are in their seventh year of controlling the House, Senate and governor’s office. The Legislature has already passed high-profile legislation this year giving families money to attend private schools, restricting gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth and limiting how much money Iowans can receive in the most severe medical malpractice lawsuits. 


Republicans have made “parental rights” a focus of this year’s legislative session. They aim to give parents more control over where their children can go to school, what they’re taught and what books they can check out from the library. 

The Legislature earns majority support among parents of children under 18, with 52% approving and 30% disapproving, while lawmakers have 47% approval and 35% disapproval among parents of students attending public school. 

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