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The Indiana Issues Poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. on behalf of WTHR and The Indianapolis Star from November 13 to 16, 2007. We talked to 600 Hoosiers. It has a margin of error of ± 4.0 percentage points. More results will be added over the next few days.

1. In general, do you think things in the nation are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

20 Right direction
74 Wrong track
6 Not sure


2. What about here in Indiana?  Do you think things in the state are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

35 Right direction
57 Wrong track
8 Not sure

3. For each of the following, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the job they are doing.

Approve Disapprove Not sure
A. Mitch Daniels as governor 40 50 10
B. Evan Bayh as U.S. Senator 61 24 15
C. Richard Lugar as U.S. Senator 65 19 16
D. The Indiana general assembly 37 36 27
E. Pat Bauer as speaker of the house in the Indiana legislature 33 24 43

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Bush is handling the following:

Issue Approve Disapprove Not sure
His job as president  28 66 6
The situation with Iraq 28 68 4
The economy 25 69 6
The federal budget 17 74 9
The fight against terrorism 48 46 6
Immigration policy 17 71 12


5. Tell me if you support or oppose the following:

  Support Oppose Not sure
A. A way for workers who entered this country illegally to gain legal residency and perhaps citizenship 28 69 3
B. Universal health care where everyone would pay into a national system and all would have health insurance coverage 60 33 7
C. Taking military action against Iran in response to its support for insurgents in Iraq 31 57 12
D. Requiring greater fuel efficiency from vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and pollution 87 11 2
E. Allowing tax cuts passed in the Bush administration to expire as scheduled in 2010 39 42 19

6. When it comes to Iraq, which do you think is the wiser course of action-for troops to stay longer trying to stabilize the country even if it means potentially more deaths and injuries among U.S. soldiers, or for troops to leave sooner even if it means disorder and potentially civil war?

38 Troops should stay longer
56 Troops should leave sooner
6

Not sure

7. As you look toward the November 2008 election for president, do you anticipate you will vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate? (Based only on likely voters; n=449.)
  

32 Republican candidate
37 Democratic candidate
16 It depends (VOL)
15 Not sure

8. Senator Evan Bayh has been mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate in 2008.  If he were on the November 2008 general election ballot, would you likely vote for the Democratic ticket that includes Evan Bayh, or likely vote for the Republican ticket?  (If respondent says it depends on who the other candidate is, say:)  Based on just what you know today, would you likely vote for the ticket that includes Bayh, or likely vote for the other candidate?  (Based only on likely voters; n=449.)

47 Likely vote for Bayh ticket
33 Likely vote for Republican candidate
20 Not sure


9. If the November 2008 election were held today and the candidates for governor were former Congresswoman Jill Long for the Democrats and Mitch Daniels for the Republicans, for whom would you vote?
  
44 Jill Long
43 Mitch Daniels
13 Not sure


10. And, if the candidates for governor were architect James Schellinger for the Democrats and Mitch Daniels for the Republicans, for whom would you vote? 
 

44 James Schellinger
40 Mitch Daniels
16 Not sure

11. I'd now like to turn to some state issues. For each, please tell me if you support or oppose the idea.

Support Oppose Not sure
An amendment to the state constitution to ban gay marriage 49 44 7
A requirement that churches and other not-for-profits such as hospitals pay fees for services they receive such as police and fire protection  44 49 7
Privatizing the state lottery so the state can use the money raised from the sale to pay for state priorities such as tax relief or higher education  66 27 7
     

12. Governor Daniels leased the Indiana Toll Road to an Australian-Spanish consortium to pay for statewide road improvements. Has this been mostly a good deal or mostly a bad deal for Indiana?

31 Good deal
48 Bad deal
21 Not sure

13. Compared to four years ago, are you better off financially, worse off, or are you about in the same place?
  
27 Better off
32 Worse off
41 In the same place
- Not sure

14. Would you be willing to live with a higher sales tax if it meant your property tax would go down?
 

62 Yes
27 No
11 Not sure

15. What about your state income tax-would you be willing to live with a higher income tax rate if it meant your property tax would go down?
 
45 Yes
42 No
13 Not sure


16. Which of the following do you think deserves most of the blame for higher property tax bills? 
 
19 The governor
24 The legislature
14 Schools
- Libraries
28 Local governments
2 Other
13 Not sure


17. The governor is proposing to allow state residents to vote on major projects by schools and local government agencies that would require tax increases. In your opinion, is this an excellent, good, bad, or terrible idea?

12 Excellent
46 Good
22 Bad
12 Terrible
8 Not sure


18. Has daylight saving time been good or bad for Indiana?
  

44 Good
43 Bad
13 Not sure

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