Poll: Jeff Flake's favorability down with Arizona Republicans, up with Dems

Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 12:50:44-04

Sen. Jeff Flake has been at the center of a national stage in recent weeks, as he's called for an FBI probe into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but how is that affecting his favorability with Arizona voters?

An exclusive ABC15/OHPI poll of 600 likely voters showed that while his numbers with Democrats are on an upswing, his recent actions are not sitting well with Republican voters.

Only 20 percent of Republicans included in the poll reported a favorable view of the senator, while 71 percent had an unfavorable view.

"Six years ago Jeff Flake was elected as a Republican, and now you look at today, basically those Republicans have run for the hills," pollster Mike Noble says. "He's a man without a party."

On the flip side, almost 60 percent of Democratic voters polled reported a favorable view of Flake. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Though Flake is retiring from the Senate at the end of the year, his recent involvement in the Supreme Court debate, as well as his vocal opposition to President Trump, has stoked speculation about a possible presidential run in 2020.