Governor Mike Pence’s (R-Indiana) public support of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law supporters labeled as a reaffirmation of the First Amendment for religious purposes but slammed as anti-gay and openly allows businesses to discriminate against gay Americans, has took a toll not only on Indiana but also Governor Pence. It was widely reported last week that Pence and government officials had hired a PR firm to improve Indiana’s image after the failed attempt to keep the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which saw multiple companies pull support from the state.
A new Howey Politics poll conducted in Indiana just less than a month after the RFRA fallout finds that Governor Pence’s approval rating has fallen to 45%, down from 62% in February. 46% of Indiana voters now disapprove of the governor, who is up for re-election in 2016. Mike Pence won by just under 3% in 2012 when he faced former Indiana Speaker John R. Gregg.
More from the Howey Politics survey findings:
The survey of 607 registered voters was conducted April 12-14, less than a month after Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law hailed as a reaffirmation of the First Amendment by supporters but derided as bigoted against gays and lesbians by critics. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
By a 2 to 1 margin, voters said the bill — which was identified in the phone script only by its proper name — was not needed.
So what do you think, will Governor Mike Pence survive this and win re-election or is his political career over in Indiana? Vote and sound off in the comment section how you think this will all play out.