Slightly more than half of Indiana’s adults approve of the job Republican Donald Trump is doing as president, according to the annual Hoosier Survey sponsored by Old National Bank and Ball State University.
The Oct. 2 to Oct. 20 telephone poll of 604 randomly selected Hoosier adults by Issues and Answers Network, Inc. found Trump’s Indiana approval rating was 53 percent.
At the same time, 39 percent of Hoosier adults disapproved of Trump’s job performance, according to the survey.
The poll had a plus-or-minus 5.1 percent margin of error.
As expected, the survey found Hoosier Republicans believe Trump is doing an outstanding job as president.
A whopping 92 percent of Republicans living in Indiana approved of Trump’s job performance.
But Trump’s approval rating dropped to 46 percent among political independents, and just 11 percent of Indiana Democrats endorsed Trump’s performance as president, according to the survey.
Nevertheless, Trump’s current overall Indiana approval rating is well above the 41 percent recorded last October by the Hoosier Survey.
Though it remains considerably below the 59 percent vote share that Trump won in Indiana’s 2016 general election.
Chad Kinsella, a political science professor and survey analyst at Ball State’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs, said the 12 percent year-over-year improvement in Trump’s Indiana approval rating is significant.
“These survey results add to the evidence that the president’s approval is beginning to rebound, just in time for the midterm elections,” Kinsella said.
That could help Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun in what multiple public opinion polls show is a statistically tied race against U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
Braun latched himself to Trump throughout the Republican primary and into the general election by pledging to support Trump’s entire legislative agenda if elected to the Senate.
In return, Trump has held several nationally televised rallies on Braun’s behalf in the Hoosier State.
The Hoosier Survey result on Trump’s approval rating also is in line with recent public opinion polls of likely Indiana voters.
An IndyPolitics.org survey conducted between Oct. 15 and Oct. 20 pegged Trump’s approval at 52 percent and his disapproval at 46 percent, with a plus-or-minus 3.9 percent margin of error.
An Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 Gravis Marketing survey found 49 percent of Hoosiers approved of Trump’s job performance and 47 percent disapproved, with a plus-or-minus 5.1 percent margin of error.