Sen. John McCain has spent a life serving the nation, in the military, in the U.S. Senate, and more.
Notwithstanding the political spats in which he has been involved in recent months, there are many who have very favorable opinions about him.
But they also believe his time of service to the nation is over.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals 62 percent of Likely Republican Voters believe McCain, who is terminally ill with cancer, should resign from the Senate before May 30 so Arizona voters can elect a replacement in the upcoming November elections.
Only about one in four, 27 percent, of the voters in his own party think he should hang on past May 30. Eleven percent are undecided.
With a resignation, Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, would name an interim senator to fill McCain’s seat.
But if McCain fails to resign before May 30, there won’t be enough time legally for his seat to be on the ballot in November. A special election would be called after that time.
“McCain, who has been in the Senate for 33 years, has been a consistent critic of both candidate and President Donald Trump, but Republican voters continue to identify more with the president than with the senator. Sixty-nine percent of GOP voters say the Republican Party should be more like Trump; only 23 percent say it should be more like McCain,” Rasmussen said.
The polling organization said 43 percent have a favorable opinion of McCain, and that includes only 18 percent with a Very Favorable one. Fifty-two percent view the longtime senator unfavorably, with 25 percent who regard him Very Unfavorably, the organization reported.
Democrats, 76 percent, and unaffiliated voters, 53 percent, conversely think the GOP should be more like McCain than Trump, the report said.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 10 and 13, 2018, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
The results also reveal, Rasmussen reports, a new breed of RINOs is emerging.
“These are longtime Republican voters who are identifying less and less with the party’s traditional leadership,” the report said. “Seventy-four percent of voters who Strongly Approve of Trump think McCain should resign from the Senate before May 30, but 51 percent of those who Strongly Disapprove of the president disagree. Most who Strongly Approve of Trump also view McCain, who has been outspoken against the president, unfavorably. The majority of those who Strongly Disapprove of Trump like McCain. ”
The divide is shaping up between establishment and Trump.
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining with Arnold Schwarzenegger to champion a more centrist Republican Party, and Democrats think that’s a great idea. Republicans, however, are sticking with Trump,” Rasmussen said.