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Monday, January 20, 2020 2:20 pm

Holcomb's popularity unchanged in quarterly poll

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Gov. Eric Holcomb's approval rating among Hoosier voters held steady during the fourth quarter of 2019, according to survey results released by Morning Consult.

The pollster said that 51% of registered voters in Indiana approved of the Republican governor's performance and 23% disapproved, the same percentages as in the third quarter. The rest, 27%, didn't know – tied with Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson for the highest such figure among the nation's governors for the fourth quarter.

Holcomb stands for reelection this year.

The most popular governor for the quarter was Wyoming Republican Gov. Mark Gordon, approved by 69% of voters in that state and disapproved by 11%. Republican Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts also received 69% approval, but their disapproval scores were higher than Gordon's.

The highest disapproval rate was 58% for Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige.

Morning Consult's polling showed that Indiana's Republican U.S. senators received similar ratings from Hoosier voters in the fourth quarter.

Sen. Mike Braun was approved by 44% and disapproved by 26%, with 30% of voters saying they didn't know. Sen. Todd Young was approved by 43% and disapproved by 24%, with 34% of respondents saying they didn't know. Young tied with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., for the highest percentage of "don't know" responses.

The highest approval rate among senators was 65% for independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The highest disapproval rate was 52% for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. 

Morning Consult said it surveyed more than 493,000 registered voters across the nation from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

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