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Majority of Hoosiers Approve of President Trump; Approval Polarized by Party

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MUNCIE, Indiana – As the 2018 midterm elections approach, a majority of Hoosiers approve of the job President Trump is doing, according to the results of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey. In the telephone survey of 604 adult Hoosiers, 53 percent of those responding approved of the job he is doing as president, compared to only 39 percent who disapproved.

“These survey results add to the evidence that the President’s approval is beginning to rebound, just in time for the midterm elections,” said Chad Kinsella, Assistant Professor of Political Science and survey analyst at the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, which conducts the annual public opinion survey. “Trump’s approval has rebounded significantly since the 2017 Hoosier Survey numbers which put him under water with only a 41 percent approval, an increase of 12 percentage points in a year.” The survey also indicates that Trump’s approval is very polarized by party, said Kinsella. “President Trump has great support among Republicans, with 92 percent approving, more tepid support among independents, with 46 percent approval, and little support among Democrats, with only 11 percent approving.”

Survey Methodology

The Old National Bank / Ball State University 2018 Hoosier Survey obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 604 adults living in Indiana. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (316) and cell phone (288, including 184 with adults with no landline phone). The survey was conducted by Issues & Answers Network, Inc. (I&A). Interviews were done in English from October 2-20, 2018. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ±5.1 percentage points.