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Indiana Poll: Trump, Holcomb, Rokita lead in final weeks of campaigns

Your Voice, Your Vote 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Three Republicans hold leads of varying degrees in their campaigns for the support of Indiana voters, a new poll of several high-profile contests shows.

The SurveyUSA poll crowdsourced on GoFundMe by Andrew Ellison a self-described "lifelong Democrat," was conducted from Oct. 8 through Oct. 13 and included 757 registered voters -- 527 of whom were determined to be "likely" to cast a ballot.

In the race for president, Donald Trump leads his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, by a 49-to-42 percent margin.

The poll did not name the Libertarian nominee, Jo Jorgensen, but allowed participants to answer that they would vote for another candidate.

  • Donald Trump (R) - 49%
  • Joe Biden (D) - 42%
  • Other - 3%
  • Undecided - 6%

The results show strength for Biden in Indianapolis, but Trump leading in the broader regions of the state and among those who say the economy is their top concern and those who consider themselves "strongly pro-life."

Biden leads with voters who rate health care at the top of their concerns.

In his effort to secure a second term, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb boasts a strong lead over his Democratic and Libertarian challengers.

The poll puts Holcomb's support at 55 percent, followed by Dr. Woody Myers at 25 percent and Libertarian Donald Rainwater at 10 percent.

Two-thirds of those surveyed said they approve of the way Holcomb has governed.

In the race to fill the state's Attorney General seat, Republican Todd Rokita leads Democrat Jonathan Weinzapfel by a 48-to-35 percent margin.

The two men are vying to succeed Republican Curtis Hill, who was unsuccessful in his effort to secure the GOP nomination.

Rokita is a former congressman who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. senate in 2018. Weinzapfel is a former mayor of Evansville.

The poll also shows three out of four adults statewide support the use of facemasks in public places and 53 percent back the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.

The research was conducted online and weighted to reflect demographic balance for Indiana.

SurveyUSA noted that the uncertainty of voter turnout on election day -- when Republicans are expected to far outweigh Democrats -- remains a factor in the Nov. 3 election.

In Indiana, as in most states, Democrats are believed to be using early voting methods in greater numbers.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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