Monday, April 13, 2015
HRC-Commissioned Poll Shows Pence Favorable Rating Reaching New Lows Following RFRA
The orchestrated effort to discredit Gov. Mike Pence by mischaracterizing Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA") as an anti-gay law and laying the blame for its passage entirely at Pence's doorstep has taken a big toll on his approval rating according to a new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, a left-leaning gay rights organization based in Washington. The poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Roser puts Pence's approval rating at 38%, well below the 62% approval rating another poll taken earlier this year showed he stood. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Pence for signing the RFRA legislation into law. In a head-to-head match-up against Democrat John Gregg, Pence's 2012 opponent, the race was a statistical 47%-47% tie. In the 2012 general election, Pence defeated Gregg by a 49%-46% margin, one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent history. It should be pointed out the poll was loaded with questions that cast the RFRA law in the most negative light before eliciting responses to the nearly 500 people surveyed.