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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:30 pm

Poll's approval ratings dip for Indiana's U.S. senators

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Morning Consult said Tuesday that its latest poll shows approval ratings slid over the summer for nearly all 100 U.S. senators, Indiana lawmakers included.

According to the survey, 47 percent of registered voters in the Hoosier State approved of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., during the third quarter, down from 53 percent in the second quarter and roughly the same as in the first quarter, 46 percent.

Donnelly, who is up for re-election next year, has seen his disapproval numbers remain steady: 26 percent in the first and third quarters and 25 percent in the second quarter. Remaining respondents – 28 percent in the third quarter – didn't know or had no opinion about Donnelly.

The approval rating for freshman Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., slipped from 48 percent in the first and second quarters to 45 percent in the third quarter. Young's disapproval rating inched up from 25 percent to 26 percent in that time, and the percentage of people who didn't know or had no opinion was 28 percent in the third quarter. 

Nationwide, Morning Consult surveyed more than 255,000 registered voters from July 1 to Sept. 30. The margin of error in Indiana was 1 percent.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont enjoyed the highest approval figure in the third quarter, 71 percent. House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suffered the highest disapproval, 55 percent.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, was approved by 53 percent of survey respondents and disapproved by 21 percent in the third quarter, while 26 percent didn't know or had no opinion. His numbers are little changed since he took office in January.

The most popular governor was Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, who was approved by 69 percent of respondents in the third quarter. The least popular was Republican Chris Christie, who was disapproved by 77 percent of New Jersey voters.