Poll shows two thirds of voters want McConnell to resign

August 15, 2023

A recent poll found roughly two thirds of eligible voters believe it is time for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign. 

Commissioned by Newsweek and carried out from August 5 to August 6 by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, the survey reported that 64% of respondents agreed McConnell should step down.

Republicans more likely to want McConnell resignation than Democrats

This included 39% who said they "strongly agreed." In contrast, only 3% "strongly disagreed" that the Kentucky senator should go.

Meanwhile, 5% simply "disagreed" with the suggestion that McConnell should resign while another 21% said that they neither "agreed nor disagreed." Seven percent said they did not know.

Interestingly, McConnell seems to have little support among members of his own party, with 71% of those who voted for Trump in 2020 wanting him gone compared with 64% of people who voted for Biden.

What's more, the poll also found widespread skepticism over whether or not McConnell is capable of performing his duties on Capitol Hill.

Growing concern over McConnell's ability to function

Forty-two percent said they were "very concerned" about the issue, 23% indicated they were "fairly concerned," while 18% admitted to being "slightly concerned." Only 9% said that they are "not at all concerned."

Those findings are likely tied to an incident last month in which the 81-year-old Republican leader froze up during a press conference.

Some observers have speculated that McConnell's difficulty in speaking may have been linked to a fall he suffered earlier this year.

Some Democrats say it is time for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to leave office

McConnell is not the only member of the Senate who is facing calls to step down, as some Democrats have made similar demands of 90-year-old California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

One of them is California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, who tweeted, "It’s time for [Sen. Feinstein] to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty."

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