As we told you last week, the question of whether Iowa will retain or fire three of its Supreme Court justices has drawn hundreds of thousands of dollars from third-party groups. The Des Moines Register is now out with a poll that shows Iowans are still split on the question, with a slight edge to those who would throw the judges out.
According to the poll, 37% of likely voters said they’d vote to remove the three justices. Another 34% said they’d vote to retain them, and 10% said they’d remove at least one.
In Iowa, judges are appointed. But at the end of each term, the public votes on whether to retain them for another term.
This year, anti-gay groups — who oppose the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to legalize same-sex marriage — have thrown hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race, campaigning around the state in a “Judge Bus” and urging people to vote no on retention.