The latest Howey/Depauw poll shows Congressman Joe Donnelly with an 11% lead over Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock 47% to 36% with Libertarian Andrew Horning polling 6%.
In the gubernatorial race, Republican Mike Pence has a 47 to 40% advantage over Democrat John Gregg, with 5% going for Libertarian Rupert Boneham, and 9% were undecided.
Republican Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Bennett had only a 40% to 36% lead over Democrat Glenda Ritz, with a large 24% undecided.
And in the presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney leads President Obama 51-41%, with 7% undecided. Another 2% backed Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.
Comments from the pollsters Christine Matthew (R pollster) and Fred Yang (D pollster) regarding the Indiana US Senate Race:
Nearly nine in ten Hoosiers report they are aware of Mourdock’s comments on abortion during last week’s debate, and not surprisingly, voters say the comments make them LESS likely to vote for him by 40% to 6%. Campaigns are about momentum, and Mourdock’s negative dynamic (“less likely” to vote by 26%-8% among ROMNEY voters!) has severely damaged him. - Fred Yang
Bottom line: Joe Donnelly is likely to win next Tuesday, and probably the only “suspense” will be the margin of his victory. - Fred Yang
But now, it’s all over but the crying. Joe Donnelly is poised to succeed Republican Senator Richard Lugar in the U.S. Senate. Donnelly leads by 11 points (47%-36% with leaners) with 6% for Libertarian Andy Horning. - Christine Matthews