Jonathan Krasno

Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University, State University of New York
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Professor Krasno's research focuses on public opinion, congressional elections, campaigns and campaign financing. He is author of Challengers, Competition, and Reelection (Yale 1994), Buying Time (Brennan Center 2000), and articles in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and elsewhere. In addition to his scholarly interests, Krasno has been an active participant in ongoing debate over campaign finance reform, most notably serving as an expert witness in federal trials in California, Colorado, Missouri and Washington, DC.

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  • Republican politicians will watch Trump’s approval rating closely following storming of Capitol

    The storming of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6 will cause Republicans politicians to watch the polls closely to see if Trump has lost his grip on the GOP base, according to Jonathan Krasno, associate professor of political science at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

    “There's no question that yesterday’s violence shocked a number of Republican politicians, and I'd guess a part of the GOP base,” said Krasno. “It's really a no-win situation for the politicians. Keep mollifying Trump, hoping to keep the current coalition together, and risk the support of more mainstream Reps. Cross him and you're Mike Pence.”

    According to Kranso, Republican politicians will be looking at the polls “like crazy” to see if Trump's grip on the GOP base has slipped.

    “We know it has from the amount of ticket splitting in November. The prob is that even if his approval rate plummets from 90 to 45 %, they'll know Trump’s 45% is the most committed part of the GOP,” he said. “And it won't have escaped any of their notice that he pledged to help primary weak’ Republicans in 2022. So it's notable that there were still over 100 GOP House members voting against certification. They don't think the violence changed their (local) political circumstances.”