Republicans remain confident about their chances of retaining the White House in the 2020 election, but some pollsters say they are concerned about the impact of the president’s controversial remarks on their polling results.
Republican pollster Frank Luntz said on Fox News Sunday that he still expects to see Republicans retain the Senate.
“My guess is we will, I don’t know how high that ceiling is, but I think we will,” he said.
The president’s remarks on Charlottesville prompted widespread condemnation across the political spectrum, and Republicans and Democrats alike denounced his remarks.
The pollster also warned that Republicans could lose their majority in the House, if they did not enact sweeping immigration legislation, which is still in flux.
Republicans were hopeful that Trump would address some of the anger and frustration that many Americans feel about the president, and their party will take the lead in passing immigration reform, Luntze said.
“We’re not there yet,” he added.
The Senate passed its immigration bill in March, but the GOP is in a position to only get a simple vote on a bill to keep the government open if Democrats agree to extend the debt ceiling.
Trump has also threatened to veto any bill that does not include funding for the wall that he has repeatedly promised would be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Democrats, meanwhile, are trying to capitalize on a national election that was dominated by economic anxiety and the divisive nature of Trump’s policies.
In a sign of just how divided the country remains on immigration, Lantzes prediction of a Democratic majority in 2020 was echoed by several Republican pollsters who said they were concerned that Trump’s comments about race and his comments on Charlottesville could impact their poll numbers.
“I do not see a clear path to a majority for Democrats in 2020,” pollster David Winston said on CBS News Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.