Issa Faces Severe Setbacks In 2018, Poll Reveals

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa released an internal poll that revealed his favorability rating dropped nearly 10 points from October through December, according to a Tuesday report by the Los Angeles Times.

Issa enjoyed a 40 percent approval rating in October, and that score raised to 49 percent by the first week of December. The latest internal poll revealed that only 41 percent approve of his job in office.

Issa won re-election in 2016 by the smallest margin of his congressional career. He won with only 50 percent of the vote, and just by over 1,600 individual votes. Issa won 60 percent of the vote in the surge of 2014, and 58 percent in 2012.

The representative’s support for Donald Trump was the top negative issue for voters. It should be noted that the poll sampled heavily from the San Diego portion of Issa’s district. Seventy-five percent of all eligible voters reside in that area, but he often has higher favorables in Orange County, outside of the metropolitan area.

While Issa was able to net 50 percent of the vote in his district, President Donald Trump fared much worse, earning 43.2 percent compared to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s 50.7 percent.

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