Donnelly Poll Shows Dead Heat in Senate Race

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign released its latest poll, showing a tie race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  Donnelly leads Mourdock, 41% to 40%, with Libertarian Andrew Horning earning 4% in the poll of 601 likely voters conducted August 2-5, 2012.

“This poll shows Joe’s message of bipartisan, Hoosier common sense is resonating with voters across the political spectrum,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Hoosiers are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ TEA Party approach that would undermine jobs and cut Medicare.  Folks here in Indiana would rather their U.S. Senator work with both parties to create jobs, lower the debt, and balance the budget--and that’s Joe Donnelly.”

Highlights of the poll include:

  • Joe Overcomes Outside Attack Ads: Despite Crossroads GPS spending over $560,000 on attack ads against Joe, the race remains tied.
  • Hoosiers Like Joe, Mixed on Mourdock: Joe has a 2 to 1 favorability rating (34% favorable/17% unfavorable), while Hoosiers remain mixed on Mourdock (37% favorable/33% unfavorable).
  • Joe is a Champion for Middle Class, Seniors: Voters see Joe as a champion for the middle class who will protect Social Security and Medicare and work with both parties to get things done.
  • Voters Reject Mourdock’s “My Way or the Highway” Approach: Nearly half of those surveyed (47%) are less likely to vote for Mourdock based on what they have seen, read, or heard about him lately.  This is largely driven by their dislike of Mourdock’s TEA Party politics and “my way or the highway” attitude.


To read the full poll memo, click here.

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