In the last few months, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has often thrown his support behind the Democrat party’s push to have additional witnesses present at the Senate impeachment trial.
However, his decision to defect from Republicans is beginning to come back to bite.
A new survey released by the Morning Consult on Friday found that late last year, when Romney first began showing support for additional evidence and testimonies, he saw an eight point drop in his approval amongst Utah Republicans in his home state.
In the third quarter of 2019, Romney had a 65 percent approval rating. In the final quarter of 2019, he dropped to a 57 percent approval rating.
Surveys were conducted amongst 494,899 registered U.S. voters in the fourth quarter and the margin of error is two points.
Despite the drop, he’s still advocated for individuals like former national security advisor John Bolton come testify before the Senate. If the numbers prove anything, another drop could very well happen in the months ahead.
Utah is one of the most Republican states in the U.S., meaning a drop of eight points is particularly striking. Additionally, Utah is also the most heavily Mormon states — the religion Romney and his family abide by — with massive support from those who attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump is expected to begin early next week and end with an acquittal of the president, as the senate is Republican-controlled.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Sen. Lindsey Graham stated that his colleagues should be expedient in completing the trial and moving on.
“The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president. And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate,” Graham said.