Paul Ryan's Image is Taking A Severe Hit Among Republicans
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s favorability has plummeted among Republicans after a week of public squabbles with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
A YouGov/Economist poll released Wednesday found that Ryan’s net favorable rating declined by 28 points among Republicans over the last 10 days, likely dragged down by Trump supporters turning against him. Ryan’s net favorable rating among Trump supporters dropped 44 points over the period.
Ryan’s cratering popularity follows his public denunciation of Trump’s 2005 hot-mic statements to “Access Hollywood” in which the GOP nominee bragged about sexual assault. Ryan said he continues to endorse Trump’s campaign, but will no longer defend him. In response, Trump accused Ryan of conspiring against him and of being part of a “sinister deal” to help defeat him.
Only 40 percent of Republicans now hold a positive view of Ryan (R-Wis.), according to the poll, down from 54 percent 10 days ago.
Among Trump supporters, just 28 percent still like Ryan, down from 48 percent. About 6 in 10 Trump supporters disliked the speaker in the latest poll. Four in 10 Republicans disliked him in last week’s poll.
Among all voters, Ryan favorability rating has sunk to negative 20, the lowest rating recorded in a YouGov/Economist poll for the GOP leader since he became speaker of the House one year ago.
Similarly, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows Ryan’s popularity taking a nosedive among Trump supporters and Republicans overall, though by a smaller margin. The poll shows Ryan’s net favorable among Trump supporters fell by 32 points since an Oct. 8 survey. Among Republicans, Ryan’s favorability fell 23 points.
If things weren’t already looking sad enough for Ryan, the Morning Consult poll also found that more Trump supporters would rather see Ryan replaced as speaker of the House than continue to hold his job in the next Congress.
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