Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate released the following statement regarding two new polls in the race to be Indiana’s next senator. In a poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group for Majority PAC, Donnelly leads Mourdock, 45% to 43%. In a poll conducted by Market Research Insight for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Mourdock leads Donnelly, 41% to 39%.
“It’s a tie game,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director. “Joe is winning independent voters in the Chamber poll and leading outside the margin of error among voters familiar with both candidates in Majority PAC’s. It is apparent that Hoosiers are responding to Joe’s message of a common sense approach to create jobs, lower the debt, and balance the budget. Voters are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach, which would inflict upon our state his extreme opinions, like questioning the constitutionality of Medicare.”
Highlights of the poll conducted for Majority PAC include:
- Joe is winning 49% to 44% among voters who are familiar with both candidates.
- Joe leads by double digits when asked which candidate is bipartisan and able to work with both parties (39% Donnelly, 26% Mourdock).
- Joe is rated as more likeable and down to earth by 18 points, 43% to 25%.
Highlights of the poll conducted for the Indiana Chamber include:
- Joe is winning independent voters, 25% to 21%.
- Joe has a nearly 2 to 1 favorable to unfavorable rating (26% to 14%) while voters are mixed on Mourdock (27% to 26%).
- Richard Mourdock has a Republican problem. In this poll and others, he is running almost 10 points behind other Republican candidates.
The polls today are the third and fourth in the past two weeks showing a dead heat in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race. On August 3rd, Rasmussen unveiled a Mourdock 42%, Donnelly 40% race. On August 9th, Donnelly’s campaign announced a poll conducted by Global Strategy Group with a Donnelly 41%, Mourdock 40% race.