Anti-Trump Republican John McCain is more popular among Democrats than Republicans, according to a new poll. And more breaking news: the Earth is round.
Only 35% of Republicans have a favorable view of the 81-year-old senator, while 44% hold a negative view of him, according to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. But 52% of Democrats view McCain positively, probably because he has been obstructing President Trump so fiercely.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll echoed the findings of a July 2017 Quinnipiac University poll that showed that 74% of Democrats held a positive view of McCain, while only 39% of Republicans did.
McCain’s popularity among Republicans has cratered since 2008, when he was the GOP presidential nominee. At that time, 79% of Republicans viewed him positively, while just 9% disliked him. Meanwhile, 69% of Democrats held negative opinions of McCain in 2008.
The new low for McCain among the GOP comes just months after he cast the deciding vote to keep Obamacare after promising to repeal the imploding health care program for the past seven years.
McCain and President Trump have repeatedly exchanged jabs during the past few months. Not only did McCain do everything he could to get Hillary Clinton elected, but he has obstructed Trump at every turn since he took office.
In June, McCain raised eyebrows when he told liberal UK newspaper the Guardian that American leadership was stronger under Obama than it is under President Trump.
The six-term senator was outraged that Trump had criticized London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, after Khan blithely told Londoners there’s “no reason to be alarmed” after the U.K. suffered its third terrorist attack in three months.
McCain was more upset at Trump’s brash Twitter rhetoric than at the Islamic terrorists who killed innocent people. McCain followed up in September by slamming the U.S. President once again on foreign soil.
“There is a real debate underway now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world,” McCain said at an economic forum in Italy. “America is still committed to remaining engaged in the world, to upholding our traditional alliances, and standing up for the values we share … [despite] the actions and statements of our president.”
Is it any wonder his own party doesn’t like John McCain anymore? With “friends” like these, who needs enemies?
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