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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has an 18-point lead over Jill Long Thompson, his Democratic challenger, in the latest poll. From Howey Politics:
INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers are likely to find themselves at the American political epicenter over the next 60 days as the latest Howey-Gauge Poll shows Republican John McCain with a 45-43 percent lead over Democrat Barack Obama. The companion race shows Gov. Mitch Daniels maintaining a significant 53 to 35 percent lead over Democrat Jill Long Thompson. Libertarian Andy Horning came in with 3 percent and 9 percent were undecided.
In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Jill Long Thompson faces a dilemma similar to what she faced in the primary. Her total awareness stood at 77 percent, up from 41 percent in February and 59 percent in April. While that number increased, her favs and unfavs both increased 10 percent from 22/9 in April to 32/19 in August.
On the re-elect question, Gov. Daniels has improved from a troublesome 41 percent in February during the heart of the property tax crisis, to 47 percent in April a month after HB1001 passed the Indiana General Assembly and 48 percent in August when more than half of Hoosier homeowners saw their property taxes reduced. Forty percent responded by saying "elect someone new" and 12 percent were undecided. "In this environment, 48 percent is OK," said Davis. "If that number was still in the low 40s, the governor would be in trouble. On the right track/wrong track question, 47 percent said right track (compared to 37 percent in February, 39 percent in April). The wrong track numbers have declined from 40 percent in February, 41 percent in April and 35 percent in August."
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