An Indiana poll commissioned by the CEO of Angie’s List suggests the Hoosier state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has caused Mike Pence quite a headache and may throw a wrench in his reelection plans. The poll, conducted by a Republican pollster, shows that 54% of those surveyed would vote to oust Governor Pence. His favorability rating sunk to 34%, dipping an additional 6 points since they took an initial nosedive in March after the governor signed RFRA into law.
Pence and Indiana legislators were later forced to back a legislative fix disallowing religious challenges to state and local anti-discrimination laws and ordinances to stave off a growing national boycott of the state. The Indiana amendment specifically disallowed RFRA’s invocation to justify discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Not all of Pence’s woes are RFRA related, however. Polling also shows dissatisfaction with the governor’s education policy. The pollster’s main takeaway was that “even though RFRA is no longer making headlines, it has not been forgotten. This may be one of those situations where a sleeping giant has been kicked and is now wide awake.”
The poll also revealed that a majority of Hoosiers (54 percent) support adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Indiana’s civil rights laws. For comparison, 72% of Georgians supported banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in August 2013.