New polling indicates that President Donald Trump's approval rating has taken a steep drop in Indiana, a state he handily won during the November 2016 presidential election.
On Oct. 25, the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey found that 41 percent of Indiana residents approved of Trump's job performance, while 45 percent disapproved, IndyStar reports.
The survey marked the first time Trump's approval rating was a net negative in The Hoosier State since he assumed office. In January, the same poll found that 55 percent of Indiana residents approved of the president, while only 33 percent disapproved, according to Morning Consult.
"These survey results add to the evidence that the president's approval has slipped a great deal since January," said political science professor Chad Kinsella of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, according to IndyStar.
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody asserted that the survey results "reflect Hoosiers' rapidly mounting frustration with the president's failure to articulate a vision that lifts up working families and his inability to get anything done."
Meanwhile, 77 percent of Indiana Republicans said they approved of Trump's job performance, indicating that the president remains solidly popular within his party. In a statement responding to the poll, Indiana Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer focused on this group.
"Hoosier Republicans proudly support President Trump and Vice President Pence because of their unwavering commitment to reform our broken tax code and rid us of Obamacare's stranglehold on our economy all while keeping America and Americans safe," Hupfer said.
In November 2016, Trump won 57 percent of the vote in Indiana, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton captured 38 percent of the vote. Trump won all but four of Indiana's 92 counties and secured the state's 11 electoral votes, according to Politico.
Vice President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana when he joined Trump's ticket.
On Oct. 10, a national Morning Consult survey found that Trump's approval rating had taken a hit in states that were crucial to his election victory.
The survey found that 55 percent of Michigan respondents, 53 percent of Iowa and Wisconsin respondents, as well as 51 percent of Pennsylvania respondents disapproved of Trump's job performance. All four states were critical for Trump's electoral college win and his chances for re-election would be significantly diminished if they turned against him in 2020.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the eight national surveys released between Oct. 14 and Oct. 25, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval of 56 percent.