Half of Republicans Don't Want Trump

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    Andy Brown

    Trump is on the verge of losing even Republicans.
    In a new CNN poll, nearly half of GOP voters responded that they’d prefer to see their party nominate someone else.

    The poll released on Tuesday shows that a stunning 48 percent of Republicans polled would prefer that the party dump Trump in favor of another candidate. The presumptive nominee maintains the thinnest margin of majority support, at 51 percent. Unfortunately, it’s the first time CNN has asked the question, so it’s hard to get a good sense of how that number has changed over time. Trump did win the popular vote in the GOP primary handily, per RealClearPolitics’s count. But he still won only a plurality of the vote, not a majority.

    These poll results come amid other bad public-opinion news for Trump, and they fit with the trend. Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton in every recent head-to-head poll, and his unfavorable rating has reached a dismal 70 percent. (Clinton’s own high disapproval is overshadowed.) Trump has had a terrible few weeks, in which he was hammered by Clinton, blundered into an ill-advised attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saw his response to the Orlando massacre panned, and reported next to no fundraising. In short, Trump looks like an incredibly weak presumptive nominee, perhaps among the weakest ever. It makes sense that Republican voters would be losing some faith in him, just as most of the country seems to be doing. For conservatives who warned against Trump, it is bittersweet vindication.

    Certainly some Republican officials are edging away. A small but growing number of them have either withheld support, specifically announced they won’t back Trump,
    ( see http://tinyurl.com/h5jdcju ) or sidled away from him slowly in recent weeks. There’s also a new effort to defeat Trump at the Republican National Convention next month in Cleveland by somehow freeing up delegates to vote for the candidate of their choice.



    If Trump is dumped, who do you think would then be the GOP nominee? Paul Ryan? Someone else?


    Ryan has endorsed Trump.

    He’s damaged goods having thrown in with the kooks.

    I could be wrong but I don’t see a way forward for Ryan which is too bad.

    Even though I disagree with him, I respected him prior to his Trump endorsement.

    Andy Brown
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