Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has accomplished a feat rare in the annals of politics. She is despised equally by all voters across the political spectrum and by every demographic.
Those are the findings of a new survey conducted for AARP Arizona. The poll of 1,300 likely Arizona voters, conducted by the bipartisan polling team Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research, found that the Arizona Senator’s unfavorable ratings were remarkably the same across party, age, race, and education.
Given her antics in trying to sink President Joe Biden’s agenda, it’s not surprising that 57% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Sinema. Her own state party censured her for her ongoing support for the filibuster, which, among other things, killed any chance of passage for the Equality Act, which Sinema supports.
But if Sinema thought she was winning support elsewhere by self-consciously copying the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) maverick persona, the poll proves otherwise. Almost the same number of Republicans have a poor opinion of her: 54%. As for self-identified independents, it’s not much different, with 51% having an unfavorable view of her.
So it goes across every group. 54% of Hispanic voters, 56% of white voters, 55% of women, 53% of men, 55% of voters under 50, and 54% of voters over 50.
Such uniformity of opinion is virtually unheard of in today’s polarized political environment. Even Blake Masters, the Thiel-protégé who is the GOP nominee for Senate in Arizona, still is viewed favorably by 71% of Republicans, despite his extremist views.
Pundits have been pondering just what Sinema’s strategy was in sandbagging Biden at practically every turn. Some have wondered if she just liked being the center of attention as the chief hostage taker of the administration’s hopes. Others thought that she was somehow trying to forge an identity as a maverick, much like the persona that McCain had.
There has even been speculation that she was positioning herself to run for president under some strange belief that she could emerge as the ideal post-partisan candidate.
Whatever the reason, behind it all seems to stand a gigantic ego completely untethered to political reality. But give credit where it’s due. It takes a certain brilliance of mind to unite voters across the spectrum during such a highly polarized time. On that, Sinema succeeded where even Donald Trump failed.