Poll: Trump unpopularity dragging down two vulnerable California Republicans

Poll: Trump unpopularity dragging down two vulnerable California Republicans

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE’s unpopularity in California appears to be having a significant drag on two vulnerable House Republicans racing to save their seats.

Reps. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherMidterms in 2018 become most expensive in history Dems target small cluster of states in battle for House GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE and Steve Knight are both facing voters who say they are unlikely to vote for their incumbent representatives, according to a new poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

And in both cases, voters said in the poll they were less likely to vote for the Republican lawmakers because of Trump.


In Rohrabacher’s district, 86 percent of voters who disapprove of the president are unlikely to vote to reelect their congressman, the poll found.

In Knight’s district, that number rises to 90 percent. A majority of likely voters in both districts disapprove of Trump, according to the poll, which was reported on by The Sacramento Bee.

Two-thirds of registered voters in California say they disapprove of Trump, according to a survey by the same pollster last month.

Knight and Rohrabacher's races are both rated as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report.

Even though Knight’s district has a similar number of Democrats and Republicans and Rohrabacher’s district has more Republicans than Democrats, the strong distaste for Trump has left both congressmen facing an uphill climb, according to the poll.

Knight was hurt by his vote in favor of the tax law, which places a new limit on the deduction for state and local taxes and property taxes. According to the poll, over half of likely voters in the district said they were less likely to vote for Knight because of that vote. His backing for ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation was similarly unpopular.

Rohrabacher opposed the tax-cut bill.

California’s primary system calls for the two top finishers, regardless of party, to advance to the general election.