Poll: Ballard leading Kennedy in mayoral race

A new poll finds Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard with a solid lead over Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy going into next week's city election.

The WISH-TV Channel 8/Franklin College poll released Wednesday night shows Ballard favored by 44 percent of voters, while 33 percent favored Kennedy. The poll, however, also found 21 percent undecided and 2 percent backing Libertarian Chris Bowen.

The poll of 400 registered voters taken Saturday through Monday found Ballard with a 62 percent approval rating and 55 percent saying the city is moving in the right direction.

Kennedy was a deputy mayor under then-Mayor Bart Peterson, whom Ballard defeated with a surprising upset in the 2007 election.

The survey by polling firm EPIC-MRA has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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