EXCLUSIVE WTHR/HPI Poll: Pence, Gregg locked in tight battle for governor

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence is edging out challenger John Gregg according to the WTHR/HPI Indiana Poll.

The statewide poll results show Pence is up 49% to Gregg’s 45% with 6% of voters still undecided.

The 2016 gubernatorial race is a repeat of the 2012 contest that Pence won 49.6% to 46.4%.

Even though Gregg has run for the governor’s office before, 54% of the voters interviewed for the poll said they have not heard of Gregg before.

Gregg does well with independent voters and women, even with low name recognition. Pence does well with men and the counties that surround Marion County. Gregg wins Marion County itself as well as the other counties outside of Pence’s ring of support.

Pence has a 3% net favorability rating with 44% favorable and 41% unfavorable. Gregg has a 12% net favorability rating with 20% favorable and 8% unfavorable. Pence has a 94% name recognition score compared to Gregg’s 46%.

On important issues, Gregg is more trusted on education issues by a 43% to 40% margin. Pence is more likely to represent the individual voter's value 45% to 43% and is more trusted on job and economic matters 48% to 36%.

WTHR commissioned the poll with Howey Politics Indiana. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters via landline or cell phone in the state from April 18-21. It has a four-point margin of error.