According to this week’s Morning Consult poll, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the Republican contender who is most despised by Republican voters.
According to previous weekly polls, Trump continues to have the greatest favorability rating among Republicans, with 71 percent of them thinking highly of him. Second place goes to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has a positive approval rating of 63 percent. However, around a quarter of respondents — 26% for Trump and 23% for DeSantis — say they have a negative opinion of them.
Mike Pence, the former vice president, has the second-highest negative rating among all of the contenders, with 39% of respondents saying they had an unfavorable opinion of him.
While all of the remaining candidates’ favorability scores are below 50%, several of them continue to have no name recognition. Vivek Ramaswamy, an anti-woke entrepreneur, is viewed favorably by 48% of respondents, while his unfavorable opinion is held by 13%. On the other hand, 23% of people had never heard of him.
Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, the city of Miami mayor Francis Suarez, North Dakota governor Doug Burgum, former congressman Will Hurd, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who currently holds the greatest unfavorable rating of all of the contenders, are the five listed candidates with a favorable rating below par.
Christie is viewed negatively by 45% of people, compared to positively by 24%. 13% of people indicated they had never heard of him, while 17% acknowledged hearing about him but having no opinion.
The poll has an error margin of +/-4% and was conducted from July 27 to July 29, 2023, with 827 likely Republican primary voters.
According to reports, seven contenders, including Christie, will participate in the first GOP primary debate on August 23 in Milwaukee, which is located in Wisconsin. Given that the crowd at the Road to Majority Policy Conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition booed him when he used his address in June to criticize Trump, it is unknown how the audience will react to him there.
Trump’s participation in the first debate is also still up in the air after he said on social media this week, “Just let them debate so that I can see who I SHOULD consider for Vice President!”
When asked if his father might debate, Donald Trump Jr. said to Breitbart News in July, “Listen, I am torn on it. The meme general inside me wants to watch it because I am confident he will do well. Am I going to allow Chris Christie, who is polling at 1 percent, and Asa Hutchinson, who is polling at.01 percent, a three-hour timeframe to essentially crap all over you?”