Nearly half of voters in a new poll would not support candidates who have endorsed likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Thirty eight percent said they are “much less likely” to vote for those who back Trump in the Morning Consult survey released early Tuesday.
Eleven percent said they are “somewhat less likely” to cast ballots for candidates supporting the billionaire.
Just 16 percent say they are “much more likely” to support down-ballot candidates who have voiced support for Trump.
A mere 17 percent said they are “somewhat more likely” to select candidates who back the real estate mogul instead. Another 18 percent “don’t know” or had “no opinion.”
Morning Consult conducted surveyed 2,003 registered voters from May 5-9. Its poll has a 2-percent margin of error.
Democrats are increasingly bullish that Trump will negatively impact down-ballot Republican congressional candidates.
“The House is in play because of their nominee,” Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said on April 27.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said on the same day that Trump boosts the chances of Democrats in all races.
“I think the likelihood that they’re going to nominate the most extreme nominee makes it much better for us, for our candidates, all across the country,” she said. “Not just in the House, not just in the Senate, but up and down the ballot.”
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report last Friday shifted 11 states toward Democrats in light of Trump’s status as the presumptive Republican standard-bearer.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and down-ballot Democrats have repeatedly tried tying Trump’s blunt rhetoric to Republican candidates running this election cycle.
source: The Hill, By Mark Hensch, May 10, 2016