Democrats Approve of Mitt Romney More Than Republicans, Gallup Poll Shows


Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) now enjoys a more favorable approval rating from Democrats than Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.

The swing in public opinion comes after Romney voted to convict President Donald Trump on the abuse of power charge in the impeachment probe. Fifty-six percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners approved of Romney while just 23% of Republican and Republican leaners approved of him.

In 2012, when he ran for president as a Republican, Romney enjoyed 84% approval ratings from Republican and Republican-leaning voters. That same year, just 24% of Democrats and Democratic leaners approved of him.

Romney was the sole Republican senator to vote to remove Trump from office.

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Along with Romney, Gallup also released new polling data on Congress. More Americans approved of the job Republicans are doing than of Democrats — by a 45% to 35% margin — while Trump’s approval ratings are still around 46%. Both Trump and Congressional Republicans seemed to benefit from the impeachment saga, with each seeing a marked bump in their approval ratings over the last few months.

At the same time, approval ratings for Democrats have edged downward since October, right before the impeachment of Trump in the House of Representatives. Their approval rating came down three percentage points while their disapproval rating climbed from 57% to 62%.

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Isaac Saul is a senior politics reporter, editor and founding member at A Plus, the positive news oulet founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also writes the independent, non-partisan, ad-free politics newsletter Tangle. His reporting focuses on Congress, elections, immigration and climate change. His writing has appeared in CNN, The New York Daily News, The Forward, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, Quartz, and been cited by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News, among others. Before A Plus, he was an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post and the sports editor at The Pitt News.

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