No, this was not a trick question. It’s nakedly obvious that the five Republicans are all in negative territory, while the two Democrats are positive, according the Morning Consult polling in the final three months of 2019. Note that Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine have dropped the most since the previous quarter, while Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is the only Republican who improved his standing.
Plummeting approvals isn’t a great way to head into Donald Trump‘s Senate impeachment trial. But Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado face a different dilemma. While their negative approvals from one quarter to the next were relatively stable, Trump‘s approvals in their states are just massive dead weight. He’s at -15 points in Iowa and a whopping -17 in Colorado. Yikes. That’ll sure be something to think about as they decide whether to acquit Trump in what is certain to be the shammiest trial Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can cook up.
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