Angry at Indiana politicians

The public isn’t seething with anger just at Congress. They’re upset with state legislators, too, according to
a recent Politico story.
The online article discusses polls taken in states ranging from Pennsylvania to Iowa that reveal deep dissatisfaction.

The story doesn’t mention Indiana, but Tom Hirons, who owns the Indianapolis-based advertising and public relations
firm Hirons & Co., says the same sentiment is present here. Hirons won’t say where he gleaned his information because
it came through work for a client.

But, he says, it’s obvious voters are really honked at incumbents in both parties. In fact, the only incumbent with
any sort of positive approval rating is Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is enjoying “extraordinary” popularity.

“Dissatisfaction is not specific to individuals or to parties, but to incumbency,” Hirons says.

Negative sentiment is so high that it compares to the groundswell that swept Republicans into Congress in 1994 under Newt
Gingrich’s Contract with America, Hirons says. He adds that he isn’t certain what’s beneath the anger, though
he suspects the sluggish economy and job losses are factors.

By way of background, Hirons votes in Democratic primaries and is tied to the party. However, his company doesn’t work
for political parties, and he has employees who are active in Democratic as well as Republican circles.

What are your thoughts? If you’re angry, why? And what do you think of the General Assembly and the governor?


Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.