Shortly before President Donald Trump fully endorsed Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, the leader of the Republican National Committee delivered him a memo detailing declining Republican support among female voters.
Ronna Romney McDaniel’s two page memo outlined Trump’s plummeting approval ratings with women nationally and in several important states, according to Politico. Trump did not heed the warning, issuing a full-throated endorsement of the accused child molester in the week before the election, despite the potentially disastrous implications for his party in 2018.
In the wake of the Moore endorsement, the percentage of women who approve of Trump’s performance fell 12 percent from September when 36 percent of women approved, according to a Monmouth poll released in early December. Perhaps more concerning for Republicans, Trump’s approval rating among Republican women fell 9 percent during the same period.
The most precipitous drop occurred among Independent women, whose support for the President fell by 25 points since mid-September, bottoming out at just 14 percent approval.
“This result is not good for the president, especially coming off the loss of his endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate race,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a statement, referencing Moore’s unprecedented defeat.
“Republicans have to be worried about being dragged down by the weight of Trump’s negatives in 2018 if this trend continues,” Murray added.
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