A recent poll shows Mike Pence is more popular among Hoosiers as vice president than he was as governor.
The Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey says Pence had a 40 percent approval rating among Indiana residents when he was governor. Now that he’s Vice President, the poll says 50 percent of Hoosiers approve of the job Pence is doing.
Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy Studies at Indiana University Leslie Lenkowsky says the change isn’t surprising given the shift in Pence’s roles
“As Governor he had to put forth policy, these people reacted favorably or unfavorably to the policy,” Lenkowsky says. “As Vice President He doesn’t have that kind of responsibility,”
Lenkowsky says since this is not an election year, people are being asked their opinion of Pence without any real framework for comparison.
“With approval polls more generally, the respondents usually don’t know exactly what they’re comparing Vice President Pence to,” Lenkowsky says.
The survey also shows that President Trump has a significantly lower approval rating. Only 41 percent of the 600 Hoosiers surveyed approve of the job he is doing.