Donnelly Leads Mourdock, 45-42, in New Poll
** For Immediate Release **
September 17, 2012
Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate released a new poll showing Donnelly leading Tea Party Candidate Richard Mourdock, 45-42. The poll of 800 likely voters was conducted September 10-12 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.
“The poll shows that despite Richard Mourdock’s Wall Street allies spending nearly $1 million against Joe since the beginning of September, Hoosier voters are responding to his message of common sense and bipartisanship,” said Donnelly campaign manager Paul Tencher. “Richard Mourdock is trying to whitewash his ‘my way or the highway’ record and the extreme cuts he wants to make to Medicare and Social Security, but Indiana voters aren’t being fooled.”
Highlights of the poll include:
- Despite a significant Republican advantage in the state, Donnelly remains in a strong position in the race for U.S. Senate: Even with an 8-point party identification advantage for Republicans – and a presidential contest that favors Mitt Romney (47%) over President Barack Obama (41%) – Donnelly leads Mourdock by 3-point margin, 45% to 42%, with just 14% of voters still undecided at this time.
- Undecided voters are friendly targets for Donnelly: Undecided voters break for Obama in the race for President by a 6-point margin and Mourdock’s unfavorable ratings (30%) are twice as high as Donnelly’s (15%) among undecided voters.
- While voters remain divided on Mourdock, Donnelly is viewed favorably by voters across the state: While voters give Donnelly a net positive favorability rating (+8 points), they are more mixed when it comes to Mourdock. Just one-third of voters (34%) give Mourdock a warm, favorable rating, while an equal percentage (34%) give him a cool, unfavorable rating.
Read the full poll memo here.