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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:30 pm

Many Hoosiers have no opinion about governor, U.S. senators

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Polling suggests that Indiana politicians don't draw much attention to their work.

Nonpartisan pollster Morning Consult has ranked the popularity of the nation's governors and U.S. senators, based on first-quarter surveys of 85,000 registered voters.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb finished first in the category "most unknown" as 27 percent of Hoosiers either did not know about his job performance or had no opinion about it.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., ranked third and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., ranked sixth as the "most unknown" senators. Morning Consult found that 28 percent of Indiana voters didn't know Donnelly's work and 27 percent didn't know Young's. Michigan Democrat Gary Peters had the highest such rate, 34 percent, followed by 30 percent for North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis.

Young, a former House member, is in his first year in statewide office. Holcomb, a former appointed lieutenant governor, is in his second year in statewide office. Donnelly is in his fifth year and stands for re-election in 2018.

Most voters who are paying attention seem to approve of Holcomb's job performance but not Donnelly's and Young's. Holcomb was approved by 54 percent, Young by 48 percent and Donnelly by 46 percent, Morning Consult reported Tuesday. Disapproval figures were 19 percent for Holcomb, 25 percent for Young and 26 percent for Donnelly.

Among governors, Massachusetts Republican Charlie Baker posted the highest approval rating, 75 percent, and New Jersey Republican Chris Christie had the highest disapproval rating, 71 percent.

Among senators, the highest approval rating was 71 percent for Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, followed by 70 percent for Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had the highest disapproval rating, 47 percent.