President Donald Trump is the first president to be less popular than his vice president within his own party, according to analysis cited by The Washington Post.
According to the Post, citing data from the American National Election Studies:
- Forty-three percent of Republicans rated Vice President Mike Pence higher than Trump.
- Thirty-four percent rated Trump higher than Pence.
- Twenty-three percent of Republicans rated the pair equally.
The Post found that the ratings, conducted before Trump was elected president, had more to do with Trump's character than anything else.
For example, Pence scored 15 points higher than Trump on a question of honesty.
According to the analysis, it marks the first time that a president was found to be less popular than his elected running mate.
Prior to 2016, the closest a president was to his VP was in 1992 when Bill Clinton had just a 2-point advantage of Al Gore, the Post reported.
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