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MTSU Poll: Sen. Corker, President Trump disapproval ratings in Tenn. rise in wake of feud

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A poll by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) shows disapproval ratings for both President Trump and Republican Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker have risen among Tennessee voters since last spring and in the wake of their public feud. (Images: Senator Corker, DoD / CC BY 2.0)

A poll by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) shows disapproval ratings for both President Trump and Republican Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker have risen among Tennessee voters since last spring and in the wake of their public feud.

The poll shows Corker's disapproval rating has risen from 27 to 41 percent in Tennessee, a 14-point climb since last spring.

During the same period, disapproval of President Trump has also risen from 32 to 40 percent among Tennessee voters.

Director of the poll Dr. Ken Blake says despite their disapproval ratings, Corker and Trump fare similarly in approval rating.

“Essentially, Corker’s negatives have increased markedly, but he has ended up only a bit behind Trump in terms of approval, and possibly on par with him,” said Dr. Blake. "Meanwhile, some undecideds have switched to disapproval of President Trump, but Trump’s base is sticking with him and keeping his approval rate relatively high in the state overall."

The MTSU poll combined job approval ratings for Corker and Trump to get a sense of whom Tennessee voters would favor if the two were pitted against each other.

Of the Tennessee voters who expressed an opinion about both men, 35 percent said the approved of President Trump and disapproved of Senator Corker. Another 32 percent said they approved of Corker over Trump. Meanwhile, 21 percent approved of both Corker and Trump, and 13 percent disapproved of both men.

You can read more of the poll's findings on MTSU's website here.