For Arizona Senator John McCain, the last year has been a roller coaster ride. During the 2016 campaign, McCain was one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics. Even after Trump’s victory, the veteran senator continued to be a thorn in the side of his own party’s president. When the liberal media wanted a Republican take on President Trump, they knew they could turn to McCain for a negative quote.
However, few knew that McCain was only getting started. Shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer, McCain made a surprising return to Washington in time to vote on the GOP’s healthcare overhaul. But instead of help push the repeal of Obamacare to victory, McCain cast the deciding vote to keep the legislation intact. In one vote, the veteran GOP lawmaker betrayed the promise he had been making for seven years.
Despite this, McCain shows no signs of fading into retirement, instead vowing to return to the Senate after completing his cancer treatment. However, new polling shows the Arizona Senator’s actions have dampened his popularity within the Republican Party.
From the Hill:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has a favorability rating of 71 percent with Democrats after his vote to kill the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal bill.
McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, scored just a 51 percent rating among Republicans, 20 fewer points than he earned from Democrats in a new Gallup poll Monday. His overall favorability rating comes in at 58 percent.
Just two years ago, McCain was much less popular among Democrats:
McCain’s favorability among Democrats has shot up since August 2015, when he had a 49 percent rating from the group. Sixty-one percent of Republicans viewed their party’s former presidential nominee favorably at the time.
In a deep red state, McCain could be in danger of facing an uprising from his own constituents. However, that reality is sure to be secondary to his battle with cancer. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess.