A Ball State survey of Hoosiers gives Democrat Joe Donnelly a slight edge in the U.S. Senate race over challengers Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.
According to the results of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey of 600 adult Hoosiers 32 percent there was a “good chance” they would vote for Donnelly, while 27 and 21 said there was a good chance they would vote for Rokita and Messer, respectively.
Among Republican respondents surveyed who had heard of Donnelly, 29% said there was a “good chance” they would vote for Donnelly, 26% said there was “some chance.” Only 27% said there was “no chance.”
That same survey also showed that nearly 70 percent reported that they had heard of Joe Donnelly. Messer’s and Rokita’s names were each recognized by only 38 percent of survey respondents.
“Clearly, we can expect Rokita and Messer to continue working to make their names known to the 60 percent of Hoosiers who say they haven’t heard of them,” said Charles Taylor, Managing Director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, which conducts the annual public opinion survey.