Poll Finds Voters Split On Donnelly's Reversal
But Howey Says It Might Not Matter
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The new Howey Politics Indiana poll finds 36 percent of the respondents back Senator Joe Donnelly's decision in support of gay marriage. 55 percent reacted negatively.
There's a sharp division between Donnelly's own Democratic Party and Republicans. 59 percent of the Democrats back the Senator's decision. Only 20 percent of the Republicans say Donnelly made the right decision.
Publisher Brian Howey says those who object may be responding to what they see as political gamesmanship, not expressing their own position on gay marriage. But Howey says Donnelly may have nothing to worry about in that regard. He won't be up for re-election for five and a half years.
"That's a lifetime in politics," says Howey. "By the time he has a Republican opponent in 2018, that Republican may be very similar to him on that issue."
The poll also found 83 percent supported the expanded background checks for gun buyers bill that was defeated in the U.S. Senate. Howey says legislators talking about defense of the right to keep and bear arms may be misreading public sentiment.
"They kinda took a leap by saying that expanding background checks is an infringement on the Second Amendment," he said. "I don't think most voters see it that way and this poll seems to bear that out."