Embattled Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) wholeheartedly embraced the Trump agenda over the last two years, but if polls are correct, her time as one of Trump’s most loyal members of Congress could come to an end after November.
A new poll from Sienna College/New York Times shows Walters trailing Democratic challenger Katie Porter by five points. Porter has the support of 48 percent of likely voters, compared to only 43 percent supporting Walters. Another 8 percent of likely voters are undecided.
While each candidate does well with voters of their respective party, independent voters back Porter by a whopping 22-point margin (55 percent for Porter; 33 percent for Walters).
New York Times polling expert Nate Cohn described the poll as “one of the worst results we have for the GOP so far.”
The poll is bad for Walters for a number of reasons, beyond her paltry 43 percent support in a district she carried by 17 points in 2016.
When asked who should control the House of Representatives next year, a majority (51 percent) said Democrats, while only 43 percent hoped Republicans maintained control.
In an especially worrying sign for Walters, Trump’s approval rating is abysmal. A mere 41 percent of likely voters support Trump, while 55 percent disapprove. Walters is one of Trump’s most loyal members of Congress, going so far as to say he is “exceeding expectations.”
And no matter what Trump does, Walters regularly defends him. “He’s the president of our party,” Walters once said. “He stands for what we stand for.”
And Walters backs up her praise of Trump with actions, supporting the Trump agenda 99 percent of the time in Congress. On two of the biggest votes of 2017, Walters sided with Trump in efforts to take away health care from 23 million people, and in passing a tax bill that disproportionately helps the wealthy while leaving the middle class behind.
The Sienna/NYT poll is the third poll in a row showing Porter with a lead. One August poll had Porter up 3 points, as did a poll in September. The last time a poll showed Walters with a lead was in July, and even then she only had a 1-point advantage.
The Sienna poll interviewed 518 likely voters from September 21-25, and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.