MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new poll suggests a growing number of Tennesseans are unhappy with the ongoing Twitter feud between President Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker.
Trump and Corker have been exchanging personal barbs for months, but the pace of the attacks accelerated after Corker announced late last month that he would not be running for reelection next year.
Corker has questioned the president’s competence, while Trump has disparaged the senator’s physical stature and courage.
The MTSU Poll shows that 41 percent of respondents currently disapprove of Corker, up 14 percent since spring. The poll also indicates that disapproval of Trump has risen across Tennessee, climbing eight points to 40 percent of those surveyed over the same period.
MTSU pollsters say, overall, Trump still enjoys a job approval rate of 50 percent, well above the 37 percent national average. Trump also enjoys the approval of a majority of Republicans who are aware of the feud with Corker.
Registered Tennessee voters appear to be following the Trump-Corker conflict closely. The MTSU poll indicates two out of three respondents were at least “somewhat” aware of the quarrel.
The poll was conducted beginning October 16 by Middle Tennessee State University and involved 600 randomly selected registered voters statewide. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
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