As the midterm elections near, a majority of Hoosiers approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing, according to preliminary results of the Old National Bank/Ball State University Hoosier Survey. And Hoosiers will have the opportunity to see Trump when he campaigns for U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun at 7 p.m. Friday at Southport Fieldhouse, 971 E. Banta Road.
The facility is the 12th-largest high school gymnasium in the country with a seating capacity of 7,300 people. Tickets to the rally are free and available at www.donaldjtrump.com on a first-come, first-served basis. In the telephone survey of 604 adults, 53 percent approved of the job Trump 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, a political science professor and survey analyst at the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at BSU, which conducts the annual public opinion survey.
“Trump’s approval has rebounded significantly since the 2017 survey, which put him underwater with only 41 percent approval. This is an increase of 12 percentage points in a year.”
The center will release additional results in the coming weeks as the data are analyzed. Topics include gas and cigarette tax increases, school safety, opioid/drug problems, sports gambling, medical work requirements and legal marijuana. The survey also indicates that Trump’s approval depends on a respondent’s party, Kinsella said.
“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.”