Now that the 2010 election is over, it's safe to look at the future horse races. And for U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the polls are looking good.
Friends of Dick Lugar commissioned a poll conducted Oct. 26-27 by American Viewpoint. Lugar's 66 percent favorable, 19 percent unfavorable rating is the best of the 16 politicians on the list.
Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has been mentioned as a possible challenger for Lugar, is near the bottom of that list. Mourdock's 14 percent fave/9 percent unfave numbers aren't as bad for him as the fact that only 49 percent of the voters surveyed -- during the height of Tea Party mania -- were even aware of him.
Mourdock, it's worth noting, drew more than 1 million votes Nov. 2 in his re-election bid. So were those votes for the candidate or for the party? If only 49 percent were aware of him, he's got a long way to go to build name recognition.
So does Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, by the way. Skillman's fave/unfave numbers were 33/11, but only 62 percent of the registered voters surveyed were aware of her. If she's going to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels (No. 3 on the list, with 59 percent fave/32 percent unfave), she's got to get out more.
Check out the PDF for more familiar (to political types) names and their numbers. It's interesting reading.