Mike Pence started 2015 on a high. Amid speculation that he might run for President, he focused on matters close to home.
But one of the things he focused on backfired: the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.
The governor signed it surrounded by the three biggest opponents of gay marriage in Indiana.
Critics called the law a license to discriminate and the governor stumbled badly in an effort to defend it on national television.
The result is a relatively low approval rating in the Hoosier Survey.
It shows that just 47 percent of the people in Indiana like his performance. Thirty five percent disapprove of the job being done by Mike Pence.
“And this is where RFRA — and some of the other issues that we’ve also polled on — show that Pence really got hurt,” said Ball State political science professor Ray Scheele.What Pence or the rest of the Indiana media won't tell you is that media polls taken a year prior to the November 2008 election when Mitch Daniels was re-elected by a landslide over Democrat Jill Long Thompson similarly showed him with a very low approval rating and losing in match-ups against potential Democratic candidates, including Jill Long Thompson. Here's an Advance Indiana post from December 2007 on Daniels' approval rating:
A recent Indianapolis Star poll suggested Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election chances weren't too good as we enter next year's election season. That poll showed him with a high unfavorability rating and losing to Democratic challengers. A new poll conducted on behalf of the Republican Governors Association, however, paints a starkly different outlook for Daniels. A Bellweather Research & Consulting poll conducted Dec. 10-15 shows Daniels with a positive job approval rating of 51% and a double-digit lead over his two, potential Democratic candidates, Jill Long Thompson and Jim Schellinger.
According to the poll, voters approve of Daniels' performance as governor by a 51-41% margin. In a match-up against Jill Long Thompson, Daniels beats her 46-33%. He beats Jim Schellinger by a slightly larger margin of 46-31%. A press release from the RGA claims Bellweather has accurately polled Indiana gubernatorial campaigns for several election cycles. The press release suggests the Indianapolis Star poll over-sampled Democrats by 2%. The RGA poll over-samples Republicans 36-24%, which the pollster claims is in line with other public polls and trends since 2000.So in December 2007, voters approved of Daniels' performance by a 51-41% margin. In the poll cited by Shella, 47% of voters approve of Pence's performance and 35% disapprove of his job performance. In other words, Pence is in no better or worse shape than Daniels was one year before his re-election. Got that, Jim?