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Donnelly Touts Nearly Failing Grade on Support for the President

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018) — Senator Joe Donnelly is touting a D grade he earned in a new Congressional Quarterly study measuring support for the President.

Donnelly is claiming his 62 percent — a nearly failing grade — as proof he’s working to represent Hoosiers and pass the Trump-Pence agenda. President Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points in 2016.

“Joe Donnelly tells Hoosiers he’s working with the President, but the truth is he’s voting to block the Trump-Pence agenda at least half the time,” Messer said. “Hoosiers overwhelmingly voted for this President, they want to see his agenda passed and Joe Donnelly is standing in the way. Indiana families deserve a U.S. Senator who votes with them 100 percent of the time.”

Senator Donnelly has received even worse Trump scores in similar studies:

  • 54 percent from FiveThirtyEight
  • 35 percent in an NRSC analysis that measures support for Trump policy proposals, excluding nominations

Donnelly voted with Obama/Biden 86 percent of the time, and votes with Chuck Schumer 85 percent of the time.

Messer has consistently received A grades for his support of the President, including from FiveThirtyEight and CQ.

According to recent ratings, Donnelly’s approval in Indiana is on a downslide, dropping 7 points since the first quarter of 2017. Donnelly’s net approval dropped 11 points among independents and 12 points among Republicans.

Donnelly was also rated the least effective Senator in his party by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.