Poll shows Lugar facing uphill climb
May 4th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll shows Lugar facing uphill climb

(CNN) – The latest poll in Indiana's hard-fought Republican Senate primary shows Sen. Dick Lugar, the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate, facing a ten-point deficit against his challenger Richard Mourdock.

With Indiana voters set to hit the polls on Tuesday, the Howey-DePauw University survey showed Mourdock at 48% and Lugar at 38%. Those figures included respondents who said they were leaning toward a candidate, as well as people who said they were firm in their choice.

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Just among voters who said they were firmly decided, Mourdock led Lugar 43%-35%.

Lugar, who is serving his sixth term in the Senate, has faced the toughest election battle of his career against Mourdock, Indiana's state treasurer. The incumbent been forced to defend his residency in the state, as well as his conservative bona fides against the tea party-backed Mourdock.

Asked why they were supporting Mourdock in Friday's poll, the most common response was that Lugar had been in office too long. Twenty-three percent cited Lugar's political longevity as the reason they were backing Mourdock, and 16% answered they thought it was time for a change. Fourteen percent said they just didn't like Lugar.

The Hower-DePauw University poll was taken by telephone from 700 likely Republican primary voters from April 30-May1. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Asked why they were supporting Mourdock in Friday's poll, the most common response was that Lugar had been in office too long.
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    I'm right in the main stream yet again. You libtards could learn a lot from me if you weren't already braindead from excessive koolaide consumption.

    May 4, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    A guy with the same name as GUN can't get GOBP votes?

    May 4, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mourdock has been involved in some questionable dealings, so that should help him beat Lugar.

    May 4, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Asked why they were supporting Mourdock in Friday's poll, the most common response was that Lugar had been in office too long.
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    Correct. That is exactly what they were taught to think.

    May 4, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    We need to purge the anti-American teelibans.

    May 4, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like the meth and mountain dew republicans out number the sensible ones in Indiana too.

    May 4, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. stew

    I don't know anything of these two, but come on six terms in office , we don't elect people to get bedroom furniture and slip inside the congress, so they can take up sleeping on the job. It's up to Indiana get a new guy in their and remind him work hard or back to plowing the fields so they remember where they belong.

    May 4, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Arrogance and ignorance is not something these GOPit creeps are born with, it's some thing imposed on you by the rightist lies and deceptions de-evolution.
    This Democratic Warfare butt-clown is the perfect example of an GOPit/azhoe.

    May 4, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Asked why they were supporting Mourdock in Friday's poll, the most common response was that Lugar had been in office too long.
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    I'm right in the main stream yet again. You libtards could learn a lot from me if you weren't already braindead from excessive koolaide consumption.
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    What, to mindlessly swallow Uncle "Hacker" Rupert's intellectual babyfood? By the way, how does it feel to be in the mainstream of America's moral and intellectual sewar?

    May 4, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Now, ask them the real reason they want to get rid of Lugar is he, like John McCain and Orin Hatch, is capable of crossing the aisle to get support for legislation. The Tea Party cannot stand the thought of needing Democrats to pass legislation, but the constantly point out whenever Democrats do not support legislation they want.

    May 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    Democrat Class Warfare wrote, “I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of mental anxiety cliams being filed because people have been unemployed for years thanks to Obama.”
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    If someone of this intellectual capacity has a job, then the economy is doing OK…

    May 4, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. tony

    The fabulous new Class Roots, Tee O Pee will be re-introducing the Divine Right Of Kings next. Of course, the rest of us will become Bank owned Serfs with no rights or Freedom, but Hey, 1% being Royalty and Trickling Down a a few Crusts isn't bad.

    May 4, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    ANYone but another bagger-backed obstructionist.

    May 4, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    2012liberal – When u cut govt and construction jobs like the rethugs hv done this is the rate u get. Teachers, police, firefighter dmv clerks etc... r jobs. Keep cutting them. Some day people will wake up. Private sector can only make so many.
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    If ONLY Obama and the Democrats could borrow another $4 TRILLION from China and spend it, they are ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE they can fix the economy. Yes, quadrupling the number of government "jobs", and forming armies of road paving crews and bridge repairers from former office and fast food workers is surely the answer to the countries unemployment problems and unsafe bridge issues. SIGN ME UP!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!!!
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    The states that have been hurt the worst, by and large, are those that chose to cut their state workers in huge numbers( TX, SC, etc): they were never able to hire those people without federal funds in the first place. Government work is a job: aren't you always ranting about people not wanting to work, yet you complain about government work that is designed to meet a specific need, like infrastructure? What would meet your criteria, then? Or do you just come here to rant without offering solutions, like a conservative?

    May 4, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Democrat Class Warfare – "You libtards could learn a lot from me....."
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    That's as asinine, inflated, vacuous and self-aggrandized as the rest of you commentary here.. LOL
    You could learn a lot by looking at some facts! haha

    May 4, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Or do you just come here to rant without offering solutions, like a conservative?"

    EXACTLY! The perfect voter the GOBP cult is counting on to win: ignorant, bigoted, angry, trollish, hateful, unthinking, uncaring and full of hot air.

    May 4, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Somebody said " out with the old, in with the new": what is new about Mourdock, aside from being another mindless shill for policies that have failed for 3 decades? I guess Grover Norquist is right, that all you really need in government are a bunch of digits that can operate a pen, not a mind, heart, or soul. Mourdock will fit right in.

    May 4, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    What is the beef with people being in office too long. Remember when the repugnants passed the Amendment to ensure a President would be limited to two terms becasue they saw the what happened when a strong progressive President got in there and showed the country what it could actually do. They hated that and knew that had almost killed their party. Then King reagan came along and they tried hard to repeal it because they finally got the kool aide just right. Too late they didn;t have the votes so he had to go on down the road (we can all thank out lucky stars for that). These tea baggers are whacko, man!

    May 4, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    Just two repubs battling and the dumb-ashes that listen to the Tea Party when they vote!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 4, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |