President Donald Trump won the Hoosier state by 19 percentage points last November but his overall approval rating is down significantly since then.
According to the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey, Trump has a 45 percent disapproval rating in Indiana.
Only 41 percent of 600 Hoosiers surveyed say they support him.
Managing Director for the Bowen Center for Public Affairs Dr. Charles Taylor says he was not surprised because Trump’s ratings have steadily declined since January.
“When you actually get into trying to make policy and trying to find solutions that satisfy the majority of people, it’s tough and people start getting disillusioned,” he says.
Taylor says many people also have a problem with Trump’s interpersonal style, which he says differs from previous presidents.
However, those factors haven’t influenced Trump’s base in Indiana by much.
According to the survey, he still has a 77 percent approval rating among Republicans in the state. Taylor says with such a high approval among his base, he doesn’t think the president has much of an incentive to change.
He says many of the policies that have increased disapproval are why his base loves him.
“I think he has been very vocal about wanting to see repeal of the Affordable Care Act which is something that Republicans want to see. Along with Congress he’s gearing up for some tax reform now that is, I think, taking shape in a way that Republicans are generally going, many of them are going to see it favorably,” Taylor says.
Taylor says Indiana is not the only state with this pattern. Many states see high approval of Trump among Republicans, low approval among Democrats and Independents somewhere in the middle.