New Depths of Unpopularity

A new Morning Consult poll finds that Bernie Sanders is the most popular senator in the country and that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the least popular. This comes at the same time that Donald Trump’s newest caddie, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, has reached new lows in popularity in the Garden State. I suppose Ted Cruz can comfort himself that the public has some Republicans that they hate with more white hot furor than himself, but this won’t last if he keeps up his shenanigans.

His newest stunt, coming on the heels of naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate, is a result of looking at some polling data that shows him losing in Indiana and some other other polling data that shows that Hoosier conservatives hate transgender people.

“As Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas seeks every possible edge to stop Donald Trump, he has seized on a once-obscure issue with a proven power to inflame conservatives: letting transgender women use women’s bathrooms,” the New York Times reports.

“With polls showing a narrower lead for Mr. Trump in Indiana than in the five Eastern states that he swept on Tuesday, the Cruz campaign’s private polling indicates that the bathroom issue has the power to help close the gap. Moreover, it is fresh in Indiana voters’ minds because of high-profile battles in the state in recent years over gay rights.”

Yes, it’s fresh in the minds of Indianans that Gov. Mike Pence signed an anti-gay “Religious Freedom Bill” and caused an immediate business boycott of their state. Meanwhile, Gov. Pence obviously can’t read a poll because despite the fact that Ted Cruz is about to get shellacked in his state’s primary, Pence will endorse his transgender-hating ass.

Meanwhile, Pew Research finds the Republican Party less popular than anytime since 1992, and Trump has a net unfavorable number of thirty-seven percent. His 28% approval number mimics George W. Bush’s numbers at the nadir of his presidency, and also barely tops the 27% who voted for Alan Keyes over a young state Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.