Rasmussen Reports, the Republican-friendly pollster that is frequently cited by President Donald Trump, has found that a plurality of voters think Trump would hurt local candidates by campaigning for them in their districts.
According to the pollster, 40 percent of likely voters think Trump campaigning in their district would hurt the candidate he’s trying to help, while just 28 percent said it would help the candidate. 21 percent of likely voters, meanwhile, said his presence in their districts would have no impact.
Although Rasmussen does not break down these numbers by party affiliation for non-subscribers, it does say that while “most Republicans plan to vote for a member of Congress who supports President Trump’s agenda… they have reservations when it comes to the president joining candidates on the campaign trail.”
Earlier this month, Trump campaigned for Republican Rick Saccone, a congressional candidate in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Despite the fact that Trump had won the district by 20 points in 2016, his presence was not enough to drag Saccone over the finish line, as he narrowly lost the race to Democratic challenger Conor Lamb.
According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s current average approval rating stands at 40.8 percent, while Democrats have an average lead of over nine points on the congressional ballot.