Mitch Daniels’ Pollster: Donnelly Leading Mourdock

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to the Howey-DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll, which has Donnelly leading Mourdock, 40-38, with a +/- 3.5% margin of error.  

“This is yet another sign that Hoosier voters are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach that will get us nowhere,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Despite millions of dollars from Karl Rove’s shady backers and the Koch brothers attacking him on air, Joe Donnelly’s message of working with both parties to create jobs, lower the debt, and balance the budget is cutting through.  Richard Mourdock stands for the Washington Way--more gridlock, more debt, more taxes, less moving our country in the right direction.  Joe Donnelly is the middle of the road, bipartisan candidate who has the Hoosier common sense to get things done for middle class families.”

The poll was conducted September 19, 20, and 23, at the end of a month-long period that saw Donnelly heavily outspent on television by Republican outside groups, including more than $2.2 million from the NRSC, Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity.  Other highlights of the poll include:

  • Mourdock is viewed unfavorably by Hoosiers.  Mourdock remains unfavorable with Indiana voters (26% favorable, 32% unfavorable), while Joe Donnelly has a net-positive rating (24% favorable, 21% unfavorable).
  • Donnelly is winning independent voters.  Joe leads among independents, 32%-30%.
  • Mourdock has a Republican problem.  Mourdock only picks up 60% of voters who supported Sen. Richard Lugar in the May GOP Primary.
  • Undecided voters do not like Richard Mourdock.  Richard Mourdock’s favorability with undecided voters is a net negative (6% favorable, 21% unfavorable).



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