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>> And who is a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side.>> President Donald Trump is more popular with likely voters than he is with the general public. According to a recent Reuters/ Ipsos poll that split underscores why Republican lawmakers have largely stuck with the polarizing leader despite his plunging approval ratings.
In October 44% of 2016 voters said they approved to Trumps performance and office. Compared with just 37% of the general population. Expert say this puts public in 2018 candidates in a bit of a pickle. Those who shun the President risk alienating his followers while those who embrace him in the primaries risk losing moderate voters in the general election.
That dilemma played out in Virginia on Tuesday, when Ed Gillespie the candidate in the Governors race was soundly beaten by his democratic opponent. Gillespie had adopted some of Trump's hard line positions, but had avoided campaigning with the unpopular president. Trump said this distance is why Gillespie lost. Writing on twitter that he quote did not embrace me.
Tuesday's results clearly signal that opposition to Trump has grown. Even though he remains popular among 2016 Republican in voters. In fact, of those who voted for Trump in 2016 about 85% said, they would do it again.