Only 20 percent of Republicans viewed ailing Arizona Senator favorably, compared to 62 percent of Democrats…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is more popular among Democrats in Arizona than registered voters in his own party, according to a new poll.
According to CBS News, their poll found that only 20 percent of registered Republicans viewed McCain favorably, compared to 62 percent of Democrats.
Sixty-eight percent of Arizona Republicans, and only 17 percent of Democrats, viewed McCain unfavorably.
Many of President Trump’s backers hold negative views of McCain, who has been openly critical of the president and his policies.
Trump has frequently spoken out against McCain, most recently about his vote against the Republican health care bill earlier this year.
At a rally in Nevada, Trump didn’t mention McCain by name, but left little doubt about who he was talking about when he complained about the person responsible for voting against Congress’s effort to repeal Obamacare.
“Nobody talked to him. Nobody needed to, and then he walked in: thumbs-down,” Trump said. “It’s alright because we’ve essentially gutted it anyway.”
This doesn’t sit well with Arizona Republicans: Of the third that strongly approve of the job the president is doing, 79 percent have an unfavorable opinion of McCain.
In his recently published memoir, McCain attacked Trump for failing to promote American values both at home and abroad.
“His lack of empathy for refugees, innocent, persecuted, desperate men, women, and children is disturbing,” McCain wrote. “The way he speaks about them is appalling.”
The poll found similar sentiments regarding Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who was also viewed unfavorably by most Arizona Republicans.
More than twice as many Democrats (35 percent) as Republicans (16 percent) approved of Flake.
Both senators’ political careers are uncertain: McCain is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer and Flake announced in October he will not run for reelection, citing his disapproval of Trump as the reason why.