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Poll: Trump not as popular as Haslam among TN voters

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Pres. Donald Trump (left) and TN Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photos Pres. Donald Trump (left) and TN Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photos
Senators Bob Corker (left) and Lamar Alexander. AP photos Senators Bob Corker (left) and Lamar Alexander. AP photos

A new Mason-Dixon poll shows that a slim majority of Tennessee voters approve of the job performance of President Donald Trump.

A total of 625 registered Tennessee voters were interviewed statewide by telephone.      

Across Tennessee, 51% of voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job. An even larger majority, 57%, approve of how Governor Bill Haslam is running the state. 

The poll notes that with Trump, there is a very sharp division based on a political party identification.

Some 81% of Republicans approving of it and 86% of Democrats disapproving.  

But Independents approve of Trump’s performance by a margin of 53%-38%, according to the poll.  

Haslam has more cross-over support, with a plurality of Democrats (43%-41%) approve of the job he is doing as governor.  Haslam has 67% approval by Republican voters, but lags behind Trump, as 24% of GOP voters disapprove of the GOP governor’s performance.  

However, Independents give Haslam a 58% approval rating. 

Tennessee's U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander appeared to be less popular among voters in the poll.

Statewide, Alexander’s performance was approved of by 44% and disapproved by 42%. Alexander’s approval ratings had consistently been above 60%, both in his time as Tennessee's governor and throughout most of his time in the Senate.  

Alexander now only receives a 51% approval rating from his fellow Republicans. 

Corker has never polled as high as Alexander, but generally kept an approval rating in the 55%-60% range.  

But now, only 40% approve of his performance and 48% disapprove.  

Corker’s approval rating among Republicans is 36%, with 55% disapproving.  

Corker is now significantly more popular with Democrats, who approve of his job performance by a 49%-41% margin. 

With Corker's recent announcement that he would not seek re-election, only 32% of Tennessee voters said they would vote for Corker and 48% said they would not. 

Corker's term is up in 2018.

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