House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have been at odds lately. To recap: Ryan declined to endorse Trump, the New York businessman shot back that he doesn’t need Ryan, and Trump surrogate Sarah Palin announced she will be supporting Paul Nehlen in his primary challenge for Ryan’s house seat in Wisconsin.
And now comes the latest wrinkle in the story: According to new polling data, when it comes to Ryan, it seems Republicans are just not that into him.
A poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling shows less than half of Republicans like the job the speaker is doing. A deeper look at the data reveals merely 40 percent of GOP voters are happy with Ryan as speaker thus far, with 44 percent disapproving. Among all registered voters, the picture gets even more grim for Ryan, who has an overall national approval rating of 30 percent with 48 percent disapproval.
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Many prominent Republicans have ripped Ryan for his stance on endorsing Trump — “I’m not ready to do that at this point,” the speaker said last week. They say Ryan has a duty to get on board and unify the party. To that end, Ryan and Trump are scheduled to sit down Thursday in an attempt to find common ground and get on the same page.
The polling data also indicate that those in the GOP worried about Trump’s effect on the party’s electoral chances may be right. According to the poll, 45 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for Senate candidates who support the presumptive Republican nominee, while just 26 percent said they would be more likely to do so. Candidates who back the New York billionaire have a net favorability rating from independent voters of minus 23 points.
h/t: The Hill
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