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Thursday, November 07, 2019 12:40 pm

Poll: Quarter of Hoosier Republicans open to voting for Trump challenger

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

A poll shows many Indiana Republicans are open to voting for a Democratic presidential candidate instead of President Donald Trump next year.

The Old National Bank/Ball State University 2019 Hoosier Survey found that 25% of Republicans said there is a "good chance" they will vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and 24% said there is a "good chance" they will vote for former vice president Joe Biden.

Sean Hildebrand, a Ball State political science professor, said "alarms should be going off" within the Republican Party.

"Even half that number of potential defectors is a major problem for the GOP,” Hildebrand said Thursday in a news release.

The telephone survey of 600 adults was conducted from Oct. 8 through 28 and has a margin of error of 5.2 percentage points.

Ball State said Monday that the Hoosier Survey found 52% of adults in Indiana approve of the job Trump is doing and 40% disapprove. 

Results of the entire Hoosier Survey will be released next week.