Tennessee poll: Trump, Haslam, Alexander, Corker see gains in approval

Tennessee poll: Trump, Haslam, Alexander, Corker see gains in approval

April 26th, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

In this April 16, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at an event to promote his tax cut package in Hialeah, Fla. Trump will play host to Japan's Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday amid growing strain between the two countries over the president's planned meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his push for new tariffs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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A new poll shows approval ratings for President Donald Trump and Tennessee leaders have increased across the state since November.

The April Mason-Dixon Tennessee poll shows Trump, Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both R-Tenn., saw gains ranging from 2 to 7 percent, with Corker seeing the biggest jump.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Photo by Erin O. Smith

The poll includes a sample of 625 registered Tennessee voters from across the state. Of those, 182 identified as Democrats, 238 as Republicans and 205 as independents. They were interviewed by phone over the course of three days in April.

Trump's approval rating is up three points at 54 percent, with most of his support coming from Republicans, men and white voters. Only 6 percent of black voters indicated approval.

Haslam's approval rating has jumped by four points, bumping his overall score to 61 percent statewide. Most of his support comes from men, white voters and Republicans and independents.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (Staff photo by Doug Strickland)

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (Staff photo by Doug...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

For the senators, both Alexander and Corker's ratings have improved — with Alexander up two points at 46 percent and Corker up seven points at 47 percent, flipping his overall rating from negative to positive.

While their ratings have improved, both of them have in the past carried approval ratings over 60 percent.

Alexander sees more approval among white voters, Republicans and independents. He has almost equal support among men and women.

With Corker, while he has regained popularity, it's not within his own party. Most of his gains come from Democratic voters. His numbers among Republicans remain upside down, with 41 percent approval and 48 disapproval.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker answers questions from reporters after speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. (Staff File Photo by Doug Strickland)

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker answers questions from reporters...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

He also sees more support in West Tennessee and among women, black voters and Democrats.

Corker's disapproval among Republicans is likely due to his open criticism of Trump and Republican leadership, as well as his favorable remarks about Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is vying against Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Corker's Senate seat.

Corker later defended his praise of Bredesen but said he still plans to support the GOP nominee, though Corker never mentioned Blackburn by name during back-to-back appearances on national news networks Sunday.

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