Elections 2012

Poll: Pence leads for governor; Senate race tied

2012-08-16T18:15:00Z 2012-08-17T13:41:05Z Poll: Pence leads for governor; Senate race tiedDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
August 16, 2012 6:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Mike Pence has an 18-point lead over Democrat John Gregg in their race for Indiana governor, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Aug. 6-9 telephone survey of 600 registered voters by Market Research Insight found 50 percent of Hoosiers support Pence for governor, 32 percent support Gregg and 15 percent are undecided. Libertarian Rupert Boneham is favored by 3 percent. The survey was sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The Republican congressman has raised more campaign money than the former Indiana House speaker.

Pence has used the money to air six television ads across the state introducing himself to Hoosier voters. Gregg began airing his first television ad this week.

Speaking to reporters outside the Statehouse, Gregg said he doesn't care about poll results because he has a record of achievement, unlike Pence who "hasn't even passed a bill (into law)."

"I'm not worried about a poll or him one bit at all," Gregg said.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault said Pence plans to continue talking about his strategies to make Indiana "the state that works."

"Mike is really not focused on polls," Denault said. "Mike is putting his efforts into addressing the concerns Hoosiers have about jobs and education."

Support for Pence is not carrying over to Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar in the GOP primary.

The Chamber of Commerce poll found Mourdock leading Democrat Joe Donnelly 41 percent to 39 percent, a statistical tie given the poll's margin of error.

Donnelly led Mourdock by two points, 45 percent to 43 percent, in a separate Aug. 9-12 poll of 601 likely voters by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, also released Thursday. That poll has 4 percent margin of error.

Four separate polls over the past two weeks have each found Indiana's U.S. Senate race is statistically tied.

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