GOP Crumbling: Poll Shows Mitch McConnell, Senate Allies’ Approval Ratings In Free Fall
Republican senators aligned with President Donald Trump are seeing dramatic declines in their net approval ratings among all voters.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday shows plunging approval ratings for most Republican senators, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The average senator’s approval ranking has dropped by eight net percentage points since the first quarter of 2017. … Among the 25 senators with the largest approval drops over this time period, 24 are Republicans and 1 Democrat.
McConnell is the least popular senator and growing increasingly unpopular: The Senate Majority Leader maintains his title as the least popular senator in America, with 33% of Kentucky voters approving and 55% disapproving. This represents a net 15% drop since Q2.
Among all voters, Republican establishment senators fared poorly as well.
“The most dramatic swings in approval came for Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.). Their net rankings both went down 18 percentage points,” Politico Playbook noted:
In Kentucky, only one-third of voters approve of McConnell’s job performance, while 55 percent of voters said they disapprove — more than any other senator. In Vermont, 71 percent of voters approve of Sanders, while 22 percent disapprove of Sanders, who ran a stronger-than-expected race in 2016 for the Democratic presidential nomination.
McConnell’s net approval, the difference in his approval and disapproval percentages, dropped 15 percentage points, the third-largest drop in the Senate, from the second quarter, according to the survey. The slide came as he failed to advance Obamacare repeal — a key pillar of the GOP’s political agenda since the law’s enactment in 2010.
Only 33 percent of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell’s performance on the job, while 55 percent disapprove. That is a drop of eight points in McConnell’s approval rating of 41 percent at the end of the second quarter and a seven-point increase in his second-quarter disapproval rating of 48 percent.
Only Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), currently on trial for public corruption on bribery, fared worse than McConnell in terms of third quarter approval.
New Jersey voters gave him only a 32 percent approval rating, while 41 percent disapproved of his job performance.