A survey conducted by Indy Politics and ARW Strategies of likely voters in Marion County between September 25th and 26th shows voters with mixed feelings on a possible third term for Mayor Joe Hogsett and a majority focused on crime and local infrastructure.
Just 35 percent of voters believe Mayor Joe Hogsett deserves to be re-elected for a third term with 29 percent saying he doesn’t deserve re-election and a plurality (37 percent) unsure.
Seniors like the mayor most with 43 percent saying he deserves re-election, while just a third of middle-aged voters believe he does.
Interestingly, among his own base, just 52 percent of self-identifying Democrats say Hogsett deserves re-election while 44 percent are unsure.
Fighting crime, gangs, and drugs tops the list of most important issues for the Indianapolis City-County Council to focus on, with 30 percent of votes choosing that issue. In second with 21 percent was improving the area’s roads and infrastructure. In third was tackling inflation and the rising costs of goods and services at 13 percent.
Among those who say the mayor does not deserve re-election, 49 percent say fighting crime, gangs, and drugs are their top priority for the City-County Council, followed by improving the area’s roads and infrastructure at 20 percent.
For those unsure on the mayor’s re-election, 24 percent saying crime is their most important issue, followed by infrastructure at 17 percent, making healthcare more accessible and affordable at 15 percent, and tackling inflation at 15 percent.
“A third term for Mayor Hogsett is by no means assured but with over a third of voters indicating he deserves re-election and just over a quarter saying he doesn’t, Hogsett is at least positioned positively. Without an actual opponent yet, he’s got time to work on issues that voters care, namely combatting crime and improving the area’s infrastructure. This election is a long way out so plenty can happen between now and then,” said Andrew Weissert of ARW Strategies.
The poll of 300 likely voters has a margin of error of +/-5.6 percent.