Poll finds GOP Leader Would Lose Race for His Own Seat

  • 05/04/2017
  • Press Corp
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Republicans would toss out second consecutive Majority Leader as poll shows McCarthy would lose renomination contest by more than two-to-one margin.

Conservative discontent with Republican leadership could make Rep. Kevin McCarthy the second consecutive House Majority Leader to lose a primary challenge, a new Tea Party Forward poll finds.
The poll shows McCarthy getting only 52 percent support against a generic, hypothetical opponent with no other information provided.

“Without being told anything about Kevin McCarthy or anyone who may run against him, half of his own Republicans already want him gone,” said Tea Party Forward leader Niger Innis. “When voters are told about McCarthy’s votes for the Obama agenda, he would lose his own seat by more than a two-to-one margin.”

“The poll suggests a robust challenger to McCarthy could win the seat,” said Innis.

The poll finds McCarthy’s support plunges to just 26 percent after voters are told “In 2015, Congressman Kevin McCarthy voted in favor of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill which provided the funding for Obamacare, Executive Amnesty and Planned Parenthood - a bill which 95 House Republicans voted against.”

The poll finds McCarthy would lose a primary challenge to “a Conservative who would staunchly oppose funding Planned Parenthood, Obama's executive amnesty, and funding Obamacare” by a 26 percent to 57 percent margin.
It also finds 23rd Congressional District Republicans oppose McCarthy’s vote for the 2015 omnibus funding bill by a 67 percent to 17 percent margin, oppose his vote to fund Obamacare by a 76 percent to 13 percent margin and oppose his vote to fund Executive Amnesty by a 76 percent to 12 percent margin.

Tea Party Forward plans to run the poll in other districts represented by members of the House Republican leadership.  

They will release the results to the public to show the level of dissatisfaction with current Republican leadership
The telephone poll of 927 Republicans in California’s 23rd Congressional District was conducted for Tea Party Forward.

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