“Liz Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump makes her extremely vulnerable,” McLaughlin wrote to Jason Miller, senior adviser to the former president, in a note describing the results. “It is evident that his grades are in poor shape among general election voters and have collapsed among Republicans and Trump voters.
A spokesperson for Cheney declined to comment.
The investigation, which was funded by Save America, Trump’s new political action committee, is designed to embolden the main challengers contenders for the 10 House Republicans who supported the impeachment. Trump’s advisers say there is a deep desire to support Republican candidates who seek to overthrow those incumbents in next year’s primaries.
“The strong sentiment of voters in this survey suggests that there could be similar results for other Republicans who voted for impeachment,” McLaughlin wrote in the note.
In an implicit warning to supporters of the GOP impeachment, as well as to any Republican senator considering condemning the former president for his role in the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, the memo also touts Trump’s popularity in the Wyoming strongly Republican since his departure. The former president has a 70% favorability rating in the state, the same share of the vote he received in the 2020 election. Among Republican voters, Trump has a favorable figure of 85%.
Cheney made a scorching statement in the wake of the January 6 riot, saying that as part of his effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Trump “called this crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack.” Cheney added that “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
The poll also showed how a rush for the main challengers could ultimately end up playing in Cheney’s hands, creating a crowded field that would shatter the vote against her. Cheney performed slightly better when the poll tested a three-way Republican primary between Cheney, Bouchard and Republican Chuck Gray, a Republican who is not yet a candidate. The survey showed Cheney and Gray at 19 percent and Bouchard at 29 percent.