While nearly half the participants in our latest Indy Politics informal survey this week said Democrat Joe Donnelly should not be re-elected to the U.S. Senate, no one in the current Republican field gets a clear majority of support.

Nearly 500 of our  readers responded to the Indy Politics Political Pulse (made possible in part with underwriting from Winner’s Circle, the Institute for Quality Education and Indianapolis Public Schools)

About 46 percent of respondents did not think Joe Donnelly should be re-elected to the U.S. Senate.  However, when comes to who participants think would be best to take on the Democrat, 37 percent said Luke Messer, 25 percent pointed to Todd Rokita and 24 percent favored Mike Braun.  Thirteen percent were undecided.

Respondents continued to be split on President Donald Trump’s  job performance,  but they gave high marks to Governor Eric Holcomb.

Here are some of the highlights…

  • While only 38 percent of respondents thought Joe Donnelly should be re-elected, nearly 16 percent remained undecided in the current Senate race.
  • Forty-one percent of the respondents gave President Donald Trump’s performance an “A” or “B”.  That same percentage gave him a grade of “D” or “F” and 15 percent gave him a “C”.
  • Nearly 70 percent gave Governor Eric Holcomb’s performance a grade of “B” or better.
  • Less than 40 percent thought the country was on the right track, but 70 percent thought Indiana was going in the right direction.
  • Only 29 percent of respondents gave Congress a grade of “C” or better, that number was 70 percent for the Indiana General Assembly.
  • Regardless of ideology, 94 percent of respondents say they plan to vote in the May primary, but only 19 percent said they were not inclined to vote for the incumbent on the ballot.

You can view the full details here, as well as comments made by the participants.  We will do another informal survey in after the May primary.


We just completed our latest Indy Politics Political Poll.  Nearly 500 of you responded.