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WTHR Channel 13-Indianapolis Star Poll

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This poll was commissioned by WTHR-TV and The Indianapolis Star. Selzer & Company conducted the poll of 500 Hoosiers statewide and 534 likely Democratic primary voters between April 20-23.

Margin of Error: ± 4.4 percentage points for statewide; ± 4.2 percentage points for likely primary voters

1. Democratic Presidential Race

Barack Obama 41%
Hillary Clinton 38%
Not sure 21%

2. Would you say most of your reason for not supporting Hillary Clinton is because you're not sure if the country is ready for a woman president, or is some other reason more important?

Not sure if country is ready for a woman president 6%
Some other reason is more important 92%
Not sure 2%  

3. Would you say most of your reason for not supporting Barack Obama is because you're not sure if the country is ready for a black president, or is some other reason more important?

Not sure if country is ready for a black President 7%   
Some other reason is more important 89%
Not sure 4%  

4. Regardless of which candidate you support, which one would you say:   
 
 

Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Not Sure
Is best able to bring about changes in policy 37% 45% 18%
Has the experience to lead 55% 27% 18%
Is best able to change the status quo in Washington 32% 48% 20%
Is best able to win the presidency in the general election 35% 49% 16%
Will be the most successful in unifying the country 35% 46% 19%
Is the most trustworthy 27% 44% 29%
Has the most attractive leadership style 32% 51% 17%
Understands people like me 36% 42% 22%
Gives me the most hope for the future 34% 48% 18%

5. If the general election were held today and the candidates for president were John McCain for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats, for whom would you vote?

John McCain 46% 
Hillary Clinton 46% 
Not sure 8%  

6. If the general election were held today and the candidates for president were John McCain for the Republicans and Barack Obama for the Democrats, for whom would you vote?

John McCain 41%
Barack Obama 49%
Not sure 10%

7. Do you think Barack Obama's comments about rural voters' bitterness will hurt him a lot, a little, or not hurt him at all?

Statewide Primary voters
Hurt a lot 18% 17%
Hurt a little 40% 37%
Not hurt him at all 32% 37%
Not sure 10% 9%


8. Nation headed in right direction or wrong track

Nov.2007  March 2008
Right Direction 20% 14%
Wrong Track 74% 79%
Not Sure 6% 7%
           
9. Which of the following would you say is the most important issue facing the nation right now?

Statewide Primary voters
Job creation and economic growth 34% 35%
The war in Iraq 22% 21%
Health care 8% 9%
Energy and the cost of gas 15% 12%
Terrorism 3% 3%
Illegal immigration 5% 6%
The environment and global warming 2% 2%
Education 6% 8%
Not sure 5% 4%

10. 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?    

Mar. 2005 Nov. 2007 Apr. 2008
Troops should stay longer 58% 38% 44%
Troops should leave sooner 35% 56% 49%

11. If the Democratic primary election were held today and the candidates for governor were former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson and architect Jim Schellinger, for whom would you vote?

26% Jill Long Thompson
28% Jim Schellinger
46% Not sure


12. If the general election for governor were held today and the candidates for governor were Jill Long Thompson for the Democrats and Mitch Daniels for the Republicans, for whom would you vote?

Nov 2007 Apr 2008
Jill Long Thompson 44% 44%
Mitch Daniels 43% 43%
Not sure 13% 13%

  
13. If the general election for governor were held today and the candidates for governor were James Schellinger for the Democrats and Mitch Daniels for the Republicans, for whom would you vote?

Nov 2007  Apr 2008
James Schellinger 44% 41%
Mitch Daniels 40% 45%
Not sure 16% 14% 


14. Do you think things in the state are headed in the right direction, or have they gotten off on the wrong track?

Nov 2007 April 2008 
Right direction 35% 36%
Wrong track 57% 54%
Not sure 8% 10%

                            
15. Do you think Indiana state government has done enough or needs to do more to keep property taxes in check?

Has done enough to keep property taxes in check 23%
Needs to do more to keep property taxes in check 68%
Not sure 9%  

16. Job Approval

Approve  Disapprove Not Sure
Mitch Daniels as governor April 2008  47% 40% 13%
Nov 2007  40% 50% 10%
Evan Bayh as U.S. Senator April 2008  53% 27% 20%
Nov 2007  61% 24% 15%
Richard Lugar as U.S. Senator April 2008   59% 18% 23%
Nov 2007  65% 19% 16%
The Indiana general assembly April 2008  36% 30% 34%
  Nov 2007   37% 36% 27%
   

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