McConnell’s favorability rating craters in recent polls as voter disapproval spikes

Following last month’s civil unrest on Capitol Hill, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has publicly distanced himself from former President Donald Trump on multiple occasions.

The public break with Trump might have earned him some scant praise from the other side of the aisle but it did him no favors in terms of his standing within the GOP base.

Polling reveals extent of McConnell’s unpopularity

Just the News published its recent poll, conducted with Scott Rasmussen, that shows McConnell’s favorability rating had dropped while his unfavorable numbers soared in recent weeks.

The survey spanned Feb. 18-20 and included 1,200 registered voters with a margin of error listed at about 2.8%.

McConnell received a favorable rating from just 21% of respondents, compared to an unfavorability rating of 69%.

Compared to the Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the chamber’s top Republican is considerably less popular. While Schumer has only a marginally higher favorability rating of 28%, he has a much lower unfavorability rating of just 44%.

Similarly, Schumer’s popularity compares poorly to his fellow GOP leader in the lower chamber. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has aligned more closely to Trump, had a favorability rating of 25% in the poll with an unfavorable score of just 36%.

“Dour, sullen, and unsmiling”

Other surveys show roughly the same results, including the RealClearPolitics average of polls that currently shows McConnell’s favorability at just under 21% and his unfavorability at about 63%.

The drop in support is especially clear when comparing the current average to RealClearPolitics’ polling data from about three months ago. Around the time of the November elections, McConnell’s favorability ratings consistently fell in the 30% range with unfavorability hovering in the 40s or 50s.

Of course, these are national polls and his standings are somewhat better among his constituents in Kentucky. Nevertheless, a poll of Kentucky voters earlier this month found that he was still underwater in terms of favorability despite having recently won another six-year term in the Senate.

Even as 41% of Kentuckians viewed McConnell approvingly compared to 53% who did not, his junior colleague, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), received virtually inverse marks with 53% approval and 44% disapproval.

Trump himself has made it clear where he stands on the GOP leader, issuing a scathing response to recent remarks from McConnell. The 45th president called him a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” who does not deserve to have a position of leadership within the party.

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  2. Mcconnell was never in real good standing with Trump supporters…….. He has made a huge mistake distancing himself from Trump because MAGA is an ideology and Trump was the voice that it needed….. You see…. Trump may or may not run again, but the MAGA supporters are going to be voting for years to come…… The train has started down the tracks, and there is no final destination……!!!!

  3. Mitch showed his true color and it isn’t RED when he turned his back on Trump. It is Blue with a YELLOW stripe down his back. Would NEVER endorse Mitch for ANYTHING.

    1. Come down to earth with the rest of us you wouldn’t let us have a stimulus check so now your down here with the rest of us to bad you turned your back on Trump BIG MISTAKE now your a nobody you creep

  4. Mitch is no leader of the GOP. He is also tied to China and needs to be relieved as Senate Minority Leader. He couldn’t lead a horse to water anywhere.

  5. Mitch should be replaced as senate minority leader! Put Cruze in instead. At least he will fight for the rights of the people. Mitch is a wuss!

  6. You did it to yourself Mitch so live with it. You back stabbed Trump and you knew the Americans loved him and still do. So do not count on we the American people for anything.

  7. Some of these politicians need to get rid of these grudges and jealousies and realize the purpose of an election is to put people in office qualified and responsible enough to make decisions following law . not because the President distanced himself from me or I could not use the air force one and was told to take the train all of this baggage should be left behind and concentrate on being fair to the people you are representing , the American citizens

  8. Mitch don’t care. He has 6 more yrs. Then he will retire fore he will be 86. Term limits is a must. There is a reason the military don’t have even senior officers over 62. Need new blood with fresh ideas. You can’t blow these old codgers out of Congress. They are so disconnected from their voters and always think they know best. Some are so old they can’t even hold their head up. They also have no grasp of technology either. It has flew past them leaving them in the dust. High tech is running the country now. I am 75 and would not be in government for all those reasons.

  9. I believe that Mitch should step down because he really doesn’t want to stand for truth any more .He is tired now because he just doesn’t want to do anything but make more money , but Mitch you can not take it with you where ever you go . Please resign and go home !!!

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