Public Policy Polling just released surveys for MoveOn.org and Immigration Hub in seven key Senate states, finding that “voters want Congress to re-open the government without funding for the wall, and that Senators are making a political mistake aligning themselves with Trump on this.”
In Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, and North Carolina, voters disagree with Trump by double-digit margins that “government should be kept closed until he gets funding for the wall.” That’s pressure on Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Martha McSally of Arizona, Cory Gardner of Colorado, David Perdue of Georgia, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Susan Collins of Maine, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina to put some pressure on their AWOL leader Mitch McConnell in finding a resolution to this shutdown.
That’s one reason that Gardner and Collins came out last week expressing their “concern” over the shutdown. Gardner is underwater in his approval rating 30-47, and 58 percent of respondents in Colorado are opposed to Trump’s shutdown. Collins is skirting along with a 45-43 approval/disapproval rating, but 63 percent of Mainers want the shutdown to end, and 57 percent are opposed to a wall. Fifty-three percent of Mainers say Collins’ “support of President Trump’s plan to keep the government closed if he doesn’t get funding for a border wall” will make them less likely to support her.
That this fight is good for absolutely no one is abundantly clear. What’s also abundantly clear is that McConnell isn’t going to do a damned thing to keep Trump from continuing it. Not unless these people rise up against him.