Many Republicans have a great deal of disdain for Utah Sen. Mitt Romney because he has supported impeaching former President Trump not once, but twice. But it would seem that the Republican senator is crushing it with at least one political segment… the Democrats. A fact that many in his party of choice point to as an indication that he should just switch sides and get it over with.
A poll conducted on Thursday by Rasmussen shows that Romney has an 84% approval rating with Democrats. That compares to a 64% disapproval rating by Republicans in Utah. His approval rating with Dems is more than double his approval with Republicans.
The poll results are hardly surprising considering Romney’s dislike for Trump and his subsequent moves to have him ejected. He didn’t care for Trump before he was elected senator in Utah and he made his distaste for all things Trump known after he was elected. He has been aggressively vocal in rejecting any claims of election fraud. Not only did he vote for Trump’s impeachment the first time around… he joined four other Republican senators in voting for his second impeachment.
“You have many of the Trump supporters in elected office, senators, congresspeople, governors, continuing to say the same thing, that the election was stolen,” Romney stated. He claims that what the Trump supporters should point to is that the Trump campaign “had a chance to take their message to the courts, the courts laughed them out of court. I’ve seen no evidence that suggests that there was widespread voter fraud.”
Rasmussen polled 1,000 registered voters in Utah on Jan. 12 through the 15. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Romney’s poll numbers are now rivaling those of the late Senator John McCain.
A poll in November also showed that conservative voters in Utah favored Trump over Romney. But hope springs eternal as pollsters in the Beehive State seem to think that Republican voters in Utah will now warm to Romney since Biden is president. Many contend that is very unlikely.
“His comments about President Trump escalated over the past several months, particularly the last couple of weeks,” said Jason Perry, director for the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. They assisted in conducting the poll. “But what will be more interesting is what happens over the coming months and years when he is no longer put in the position of being expected to be in opposition to the leader of his own party.”
Romney’s 50% approval rating among Utah voters, in general, is only slightly less than what it was last year. His disapproval rating is very high.
That is evident when recalling how Romney was confronted by Trump supporters at the Salt Lake International Airport and then on a flight as they chanted “traitor” in his face over what they viewed as a betrayal of the president.
There is a long list of reasons why Republicans allegedly do not care for Mitt Romney. He was one of the first GOP senators to say that Biden had won the election. He was also firmly against challenging the election results. Then he seemed to grandstand at every opportunity against Trump including in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot. It is unsurprising that Democrats love him.
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