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Trump, GOP Ballot Gain After Kennedy Retirement Announcement

The new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll suggests the Supreme Court vacancy could be a political win for Republicans in the midterms.

By NTK Staff | 07.03.2018 @10:00am
Trump, GOP Ballot Gain After Kennedy Retirement Announcement

In the first NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll of Donald Trump’s approval rating and the generic congressional ballot since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement, both Trump and the GOP picked up a few points.

NBC News’ Steve Kornacki tweeted:

Trump picked up five points in his net approval, moving from 45-52 (-7) to 48-50 (-2). Key trends for Trump:

  • His “Strongly approve” rating went from 26 percent in late May/early June to 29 percent in late June/early July
  • His “Somewhat disapprove” rating went from 12 percent in late May/early June to 10 percent in late June/early July

The generic congressional ballot features even larger movement for the GOP. Democrats’ advantage went from 44-37 (+7) in late February to 43-40 (+3) in late June/early July. It’s more difficult to tell how much of this effect is due to the Supreme Court, though, because of the time difference between polls.

The Supreme Court battle this summer and fall could galvanize voters from one or both sides of the aisle at the polls. A lot will depend on who President Trump nominates to succeed Kennedy. Look for an announcement Monday.

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