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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 4:50 pm

Most Hoosiers back Trump, Ball State poll finds

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Polling results released recently showed that most Hoosiers approve of President Donald Trump but are less supportive of his tax cuts and tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey found that 53 of adult residents of Indiana approve of Trump's job performance and 39 percent disapprove. The telephone survey of 604 people was conducted Oct. 2 through Oct. 20 and has a margin of error of 5.1 percentage points.

The poll found that 42 percent of respondents approve of Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, while 41 percent oppose the tariffs.

"Indiana is one of the leading steel producing states, but we also have many steel consuming manufacturing firms and workers," Charles Taylor, managing director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State, said in a statement. "So, it is not really surprising that Hoosiers are so divided on this aspect of trade policy."

The Bowen Center conducts the annual Hoosier Survey.

State residents were far more supportive of raising tariffs on Chinese exports, with 54 percent in favor and 33 percent opposed.

The poll showed that 41 percent of people approve of the tax cuts promoted by Trump and passed by Congress in late 2017, compared with 31 percent who disapprove.

"Approval of the tax cuts isn’t as widespread as some might have hoped," Taylor said. "When we look at approval by income group, we find that tax reform is more popular with higher income Hoosiers than those with lower incomes.”

The survey found that 55 percent of Hoosiers with annual household incomes of at least $75,000 approve of the tax cuts, compared with only 29 percent of people with annual incomes of $30,000 or less.

The entire 2018 Hoosier Survey will be released in mid-November, Ball State said.