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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:30 pm

Donnelly leads Braun in 2 polls

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana leads Republican challenger Mike Braun in two recent polls.

Vox Populi Polling released survey results Thursday showing that 44 percent of likely voters in Indiana favor Donnelly and 36 favor Braun. Among undecided Hoosier voters, 11 percent leaned toward Donnelly and 9 percent leaned toward Braun.

Vox Populi Polling did not include Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton in its survey of 783 likely voters. The poll was conducted from Oct. 13 through Oct. 15, and the margin of error was 3.5 percent.

Gravis Marketing released polling results Wednesday showing that 44 percent of voters support Donnelly, 40 percent back Braun and 7 percent favor Brenton.

Gravis Marketing conducted its poll of 377 likely voters from Oct. 12 through Oct. 16. The poll's margin of error is 5.1 percent.

The Vox Populi Polling survey found that 35 percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Donnelly because of his opposition to confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, while 27 percent said they were less likely to vote for Donnelly for that reason and 28 percent said Donnelly's opposition had no impact on their votes in the Senate race.

Gravis Marketing also asked voters about the race for Indiana secretary of state. Results showed 35 percent of voters favor Republican incumbent Connie Lawson, 29 percent support Democrat Jim Harper and 9 percent favor Libertarian Mark Rutherford.

Gravis Marketing found that 50 percent of Indiana voters approve of President Donald Trump and 45 percent disapprove of him. Vox Populi Polling found that 45 percent of Hoosier voters approve of Trump and 47 percent disapprove of him.