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April 23, 2013

New poll shows voters tepid on Pence tax plan

Hoosiers weigh in on several top issues

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INDIANAPOLIS —

  •  A majority (55 percent) oppose Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s decision to support gay marriage, after he’d publicly opposed it. The poll also showed the younger and more educated the voter, the more support voiced for Donnelly’s position.
  •  A majority (54 percent) support the Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools that are under fire from conservative legislators in the General Assembly. Respondents who consider themselves the “most conservative” voters showed a split: 40 percent support Common Core, while 40 percent opposed.
  • Support for decriminalization of marijuana has increased since Pence called for tougher marijuana penalties than proposed in a pending criminal code reform bill. 56 percent now favor decriminalization, up two points from October when an earlier Howey poll asked the same question.  
  •  On expanding Medicaid coverage to the working poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, only 23 percent support that plan, while 48 percent supported expanding the state’s current Healthy Indiana Plan (for families that can’t afford coverage.) Nineteen percent are opposed to any coverage expansion.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

 

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