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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:10 pm

Poll finds Trump's approval rating down in Indiana

Two rivals for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat from Indiana continue to solidly support President Donald Trump even as a new poll shows Trump's approval rating in Indiana has slipped.

"I will always stand with our President, Vice President, and the flag that unites our country," Rep. Luke Messer, R-4th, said in a campaign email he sent Monday, a day after Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game because players for the opposing San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the playing of the national anthem.

Asked the same day about Trump's legislative agenda being advanced by the House but stalled by Republican battles in the Senate, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, said that "senators who have egos bigger than God is the problem and not working to solve the real problems of this country, and that's what I intend to help correct when I get there."

Rokita also said in an interview with The Journal Gazette: "The people know the game, and Trump is on their side. ... If there is some kind of standoff, I think you always want to be on the people's side, and Trump, Pence and I'll add myself in there, Todd Rokita, are on the people's side."

But the results of a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday showed that Trump's approval rating among Indiana registered votes declined from 55.3 percent in January, when he took office, to 49.8 percent in September. His disapproval rating in the state rose from 33.1 percent to 44.9 percent in the same time.

Nationwide, the poll of 472,000 registered voters by Morning Consult, a technology and media company, found that 43 percent approved of Trump and 52 percent disapproved of him as of Sept. 26. In January, 49 percent had approved of him and 39 percent had disapproved.

Rokita, Messer and four other announced candidates seek the 2018 Republican nomination to face Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in next year's general election.