Republican officials aren’t at all pleased with the prevailing political winds, or the likelihood of Donald Trump becoming the party’s presidential nominee. But they have at least one thing going for them: they have time to put together a plan to mitigate their losses.
today that GOP incumbents and candidates are shifting their focus to “ticket-splitting voters” who have no qualms about dividing up their election ballot, supporting Democratic and Republican candidates at the same time. The thinking, obviously, is predicated on the notion that at least some of the electorate might reject Trump at the top of the ballot, while also supporting GOP hopefuls down-ballot.
Rachel Maddow exposes the widespread distaste for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz from members of his own party, including former House Speaker John Boehner who said Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and would be elected “over my dead body.”
To add some perspective, note that in early 2009, Republicans were in deep trouble, with their unfavorable rating 15 points higher than their favorable rating. As bad as that seemed, now that gap has nearly doubled.
The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. Unfavorable opinions of the GOP are now as high as at any point since 1992. In October, 37% viewed the Republican Party favorably and 58% viewed it unfavorably. The decline in favorability since then has largely come among Republicans themselves: In the current survey, 68% of Republicans view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.