The furor over Indiana's religious-freedom bill has died down, but the damage done to Gov. Mike Pence has remained, according to a new poll released Wednesday and paid for by a potential Republican primary challenger.
Christine Matthews, the president of Bellwether Research and a onetime adviser to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, released a survey Wednesday showing Pence with favorable ratings from just 34 percent of voters, compared with 43 percent who view him unfavorably. The poll also shows equal shares of voters (46 percent) approving and disapproving of Pence's job performance, and he tied two potential Democratic gubernatorial opponents in hypothetical matchups. Pence is scheduled to announce his intention to seek reelection on Thursday.
Pence's numbers were largely the same as they were in an April poll Bellwether conducted for Howey Politics Indiana, a news organization, though Pence's favorability figures did decline between the two surveys. Though the latest Bellwether survey was commissioned by former Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle—a former Daniels campaign manager who stepped down from his position in April to get involved in state politics again (and potentially challenge Pence or recruit a challenger to Pence)—the released results did not include any Republican primary ballot tests.