These Two Candidates Have Worst Ratings in GOP Field
There is a lot of things happening and moving parts that could potentially reshape the 2024 GOP field in the coming months. One of these things is the fact that former Vice President Mike Pence and ex-Governor Chris Christie seem to have lost favor among Republican primary voters, according to a national poll. The Wall Street Journal poll, conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associated, and GBAO, revealed that only three in ten Republican primary voters hold favorable views of Pence, earning him the second-worst rating of any Republican presidential candidate, surpassed in unpopularity only by Christie.
Pence’s favorability has plummeted drastically since April’s Wall Street Journal poll. At that time, 54 percent of the population saw him positively, and only 35 percent viewed him negatively. Now, an astonishing 63 percent of Republican primary voters see Pence unfavorably, with a staggering 36 percent viewing him “very unfavorably.” This marks a shocking 52-point swing in the wrong direction in just five months.
Christie, on the other hand, is faring even worse than Pence with a net favorability rating of -55 among Republicans. Only 18 percent view Christie positively, while a whopping 73 percent disapprove of him.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continue to dominate the GOP field. They hold the strongest net ratings at +52 and +46, respectively. Three in four Republican primary voters find Trump favorable, while DeSantis is liked by 70 percent of GOP voters.
Interestingly, DeSantis, who held a slightly better rating than Trump in April, has seen his favorability rating drop considerably. However, he still remains a strong contender in the GOP field.
In contrast, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who has become a target of his rivals following his ascent in the polls, is liked by 55 percent of the GOP electorate. This surprising rise suggests a shift in voter sentiment towards fresh faces within the party.
These poll results could have significant implications for the 2024 GOP field. While Trump and DeSantis continue to hold their ground, the drastic decline in favorability for Pence and Christie may signal the end of their political careers. As the election draws closer, it will be interesting to see how these dynamics play out.