The American people’s dissatisfaction with the Swamp and business as usual in D.C. is still running high according to new polling by Elon University.
While Trump is underwater among North Carolina voters for his own reasons, our U.S. Senate delegation fairs even worse. The majority’s failure to accomplish any meaningful legislation thus far is owed to the D.C. way. Burr and Tillis are up to their eyeballs in this Establishment mentality, resistant to Trump, and the conservative agendas.
Tillis especially continues to be one of the least popular senators in the country, inviting a conservative primary challenger should he choose to run for re-election in 2020.
Trump’s approval stands just shy of 37 percent—a slight improvement from last month’s 34.4 percent rating in the same poll, owing entirely to a slight rise in Republican support. More interestingly, though, are the numbers for Burr and Tillis, the latter of whom will be up for reelection in 2020. (Burr says he will retire when his current term ends in 2023.) They both trail Trump in support: Burr’s approval rating is 31 percent; Tillis’s, just 28 percent.
Part of their problem is that significant majorities of Trump voters don’t think they’re sufficiently supportive of the president. Indeed, 27 percent of Trump voters disapprove of Burr, and 21 percent disapprove of Tillis. Overall, 38.5 percent of voters believe the senators should back Trump more than they already do.
Roy Cooper, meanwhile, is holding steady, with 49 percent approval—including a 30 percent approval from Republicans—and 30 percent disapproval. He’s doing far better than Pat McCrory was at this point four years ago.
So while Burr and Tillis are in the dumpster, Cooper’s support is helped along by 30 percent of Republicans. Which parts of Roy Cooper’s policies one third of Republican voters agree with is a mystery, but his lack of real consequence likely helps soften his disapproval. It’s hard to complain about a Democrat who gets vetoes overridden every other day.
Read more of the poll here.