Last Updated on February 17, 2022
A survey undertaken by the Save America PAC has found that support for US Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), once one of the Republican Party’s rising stars and the number 3 most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, has fallen to a devastatingly low 10 percent among Wyoming Republicans.
The survey, paid for by Save America, President Donald Trump’s new Political Action Committee (PAC), painted a dreary picture for Cheney’s re-election chances, as well as her current political standing.
Cheney’s drastic decline in popularity among her Republican colleagues and her constituency began immediately after her vote to impeach then-President Trump on the unsubstantiated claim that he contributed to the chaos and violence at the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
The Congresswoman issued a scathing statement attacking President Trump following the January 6th unrest, saying that he “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” adding that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the constitution.”
House conservatives are currently mounting a concerted effort to remove Cheney from party leadership.
Liz Cheney has become a cautionary tale for the Establishment GOP RINOs https://t.co/ofyNg1tlkS
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 29, 2021
With primary challengers lining up to take her on in 2022, the Wyoming Republican Party has even taken the sober step of condemning her vote against President Trump.
According to the survey results, 73 percent of Wyoming Republican voters and 62 percent of all that state’s voters expressed an unfavorable view of Cheney, a three-term congresswoman. An anemic 10 percent of Republican primary voters and 13 percent of those who indicated they would vote in the General Election said they would vote to reelect her.
The survey also found that Ms. Cheney was getting crushed in a one-on-one match-up against one of her most potent primary challengers, State Sen. Anthony Bouchard. In that contest Cheney was losing to Bouchard 21 percent to 54 percent, nearly double her numbers.
In a memo to the former-President’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, pollster John McLaughlin wrote, “Liz Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump makes her extremely vulnerable…It is evident her ratings are in bad shape among general election voters and have collapsed among Republicans and Trump voters.”
But the memo also illuminated a vulnerability to those who seek to unseat Ms. Cheney.
The poll illustrated how a rush of primary challengers (think about the recent spate of overloaded stages at the RNC presidential primary debates) could, in the end, play to Cheney’s advantage.
In a three-way contest between Cheney, Bouchard, and the as of yet unannounced Wyoming State Rep. Chuck Gray, Bouchard’s commanding lead was diluted by 25 percentage points, Cheney and Gray each receiving 19 percent.
.@Liz_Cheney should not be in the least surprised. Much of our polling on the popularity of the Party vs the former President runs like this –
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) January 28, 2021
With regard to those who are contemplating a challenge to the other ten House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump, McLaughlin writes, “The strong voter sentiment in this survey suggests there could be similar results for other Republicans who voted for impeachment.”
President Trump remains wildly popular among Republicans in Wyoming with 70 percent of those polled supporting the former-President. Among Republican voters nationally, President Trump has an 85 percent favorable figure.