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Poll: Republican Voters View John McCain Unfavorably, Want Him to Step Down

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 10, 2017. (Photo: AP)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 10, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 10, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Republican voters once chose John McCain as the nominee of their party, but now they hold an unfavorable view of the six-term senator from Arizona and want him to step down. The terminally ill senator has chosen to spend his final days as a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, and GOP voters do not approve.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Republican voters have an unfavorable view of Senator McCain, including 25% who hold a Very Unfavorable opinion of him. Forty-three percent (43%) of these voters have a positive view, which includes just 18% with a Very Favorable opinion.

In 2015, opinions were completely reversed, with 51% of Republicans having a favorable view of Senator McCain and 44% having an unfavorable one. While most Republicans (69%) continue to have their designs on a party that looks more like President Trump than Senator McCain, 76% of Democrats and 53% of voters not affiliated with either major party think the GOP should be more like the failed 2008 nominee.

Senator McCain was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1986 after Barry Goldwater, another former GOP nominee for president, decided to retire.

But Republicans now say it’s time for him to leave Washington, D.C.

A whopping 62% of Republican voters want Senator McCain to step down from the U.S. Senate before May 30 so voters in Arizona can choose a successor to run for the seat in November. Thirty-four percent (34%) of Democrats and 45% of unaffiliated voters agree.

Senator McCain has brain cancer and Republicans who control the Arizona Senate were prevented by the lockstep Democratic minority from passing an emergency clause changing how members of Congress who die or resign are replaced. Vacancies are filled by a governor’s appointee, with the seat on the next general election ballot.

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Led by R. D. Baris, the People's Pundit, the PPD Elections Staff conducts polling and covers news about latest polls, election results and election data.

Latest comments

  • Duh!

  • Oh these “conservative-leaning” pollsters, always covering up unkind GOP issues ……

  • Till the bitter end he will be “self serving”…its all about HIM……

  • Yes, @SenJohnMcCain needs to step down immediately! He is now the most hated Republican. Congratula… https://t.co/ClxXZu4US2

  • McCain’s absenteeism is wrecking the senate. I think he likes it that way! He’d vote Dem anyway. So… https://t.co/H9AHxMQLjg

  • Now step down can’t do his job retire him and appoint someone that can work for the people

  • John McCain is a corrupt politician who purposely lied to his voters.

  • @Bcalsh Yes : lying not saying what the voter ask for giving a fake paper to help bring down our President known it was fake

  • We also want to retract or 08’ vote ?

  • Yeah, we want him to step down, but he can’t get any lower. Songbird belongs in Gitmo solitary.

  • If he is such a “great patriot “ as all the dems and never trumpers claim, he would step down for t… https://t.co/VowxqwipNn

  • @Barnes_Law Long past due!!!

  • Yes, if he is planning his funeral and writing his book then he is not represent his constituents i… https://t.co/sKOKbxZ8Zc

  • Yes…

  • Take him off the payroll now!!!!

  • That’s putting it mildly I can think of more colorful ways to tell him to step down

  • – from life

  • Sorry I voted for him for president. Now convinced he never wanted to win.

  • @jkc_jaycee Good he needs to get out immediately

  • We don’t want him to STEP DOWN. We want him to STEP OUT..of life on Earth.

    • C’mon Dan…that’s just cruel and inhuman. I know there’s a spark of humanity in you…somewhere ! Might take a colonoscopy to find it…

    • He is a traitor, he got Airmen and ground troops killed in Nam, he himself killed and injured sailors on the USS Forrestal. DO NOT tell me to calm down. FXCK HIM. Consider this my last word on the matter.

    • Okeedokee then. I can understand your attitude towards him…what was my crime ? Consider yourself unfriended.

  • He wants to keep his foot in the door and collect all the money he can get he is a very hatful & selfish man to the end I would never vote for him for anything he is a mean person .?????????????????

  • His “NO” vote on getting Obamacare overturned was a selfish act of revenge.

  • I have respect for his service but question his reasoning and logic ability considering his current… https://t.co/qV7Wmkah3O

  • He is ineffective in his role and yet, he is still collecting a paycheck at taxpayer’s expense. And, he doesn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral?? He is mean-spirited and doing our country a Disservice by staying on the payroll. This wouldnt be allowed to happen in the corporate world. He needs to do the right thing and RESIGN!!

  • Soon he has to answer to the devil for his actions and life here on heart,may he be treated for what he deserves.

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