A new poll of more than 1,000 likely Hoosier voters shows a clear majority of them support how Governor Eric Holcomb and his administration have been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The poll conducted by Change Research from April 10-13 showed 63 percent of likely voters approved of how Holcomb was addressing COVID-19, 23 percent disapproved and 12 percent were either neutral or had no opinion.
Voters were more split down the middle when it came to how they thought President Donald Trump was doing, 49 percent approved and 45 percent disapproved.
The poll also showed Hoosiers are very concerned about the pandemic, with a majority, 58 percent, saying they have very serious concerns about the coronavirus disease and only 17 percent saying they have minor concerns or no concerns at all.
- A large majority of voters (70 percent) say they have very serious concerns about the lack of PPE for doctors and nurses.
Nearly two-thirds of voters say they have very serious concerns about companies going out of business and cuts to education, healthcare, or infrastructure in Indiana.
Despite these key economic concerns, voters are less likely to say they have very serious concerns about taking social distancing measures too far and hurting the economy (33 percent very serious concerns).
By comparison, 32 percent of voters say they have very serious concerns about dying from the coronavirus disease.
The outbreak has also played a significant role in voters’ lives, with 14 percent saying they have lost their jobs or been laid off due to the outbreak, 13 percent saying they have lost income or hours, and 7 percent saying they’re afraid of losing their job or being laid off; 31 percent of voters say they feel secure in their jobs and the remainder say they’re not in the workforce or were already unemployed.
When it comes to measures the state has taken in response to the pandemic, voters are generally in support of all measures taken by significant margins. The stay at home order receives the most backlash, so to speak, with 81 percent in favor to 18% opposing.
Closing schools is the next most controversial (relatively) at 88 percent support to 11 percent oppose. Other measures, including prohibiting evictions and foreclosures or prohibiting utilities disconnecting services, all clear above 90 percent support and face opposition in the single digits. The most intense support is for prohibiting utilities disconnecting services, with a remarkable 83 percent of likely voters in the state saying they strongly support this measure.
Voters also favored the state government enforcing regulations over making recommendations or playing little to no role during the outbreak. In a forced-choice, 58 percent of voters say the state should enforce emergency regulations to keep people safe, while 38 percent say the state should make recommendations so people can decide how to keep themselves safe.
The final sample size was 1,021 interviews collected across the state between April 10–13, 2020. Change Research used its Dynamic Online Sampling to achieve a sample reflective of the likely November electorate. The margin of error, as traditionally calculated at the 95% confidence level, is 3.1%. Post-stratification was performed on age, gender, ethnicity, education, geography, and 2016 vote.
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