A poll released Monday shows nearly half of Iowans would retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.

Forty-nine percent of respondents to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll said they want to retain Wiggins, while 41 percent said they did not.

Conservatives angry at the state Supreme Court's unanimous 2009 ruling which brought gay marriage to the Midwest have targeted Wiggins for ouster. In 2010, voters axed three judges from the bench. The remaining three justices are up for retention votes in 2016.

A “No Wiggins” bus tour rolled through 17 Iowa cities last week. Boarding the bus were former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown and Iowa Rep. Steve King.

Bob Vander Plaats, the president of The FAMiLY LEADER, is spearheading the campaign to oust Wiggins.

At an event last month, Vander Plaats compared marriage equality to slavery.

“It is the court that should be independent – free of politics – to uphold the constitution, not to trample on the constitution, not to insert politics in the constitution, and not to run the leftist agenda through the court system,” he said.

Vander Plaats then went on to describe the impact a ruling can have: “One opinion, Dred Scott: Blacks are property. One opinion, Roe v. Wade: We've killed sixty million babies off a court's opinion. One opinion, the Varnum opinion and you are now seeing same-sex marriage infiltrate this state.”

Wiggins released a one-sentence statement in response to the poll.

“In my conversations with people around the state, I get the sense that Iowans are getting more comfortable with the present state of the law,” he said.

(Source: Des Moines Register.)