New poll shows approximately two-thirds of Republicans say Senate GOP Leader McConnell should resign

 April 21, 2023

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) returned to the Senate this week after an extended absence of more than a month following a fall during an event in March that left him with a concussion and fractured rib.

Not everyone was thrilled to see him return, however, as a recent poll showed that approximately two-thirds of Republicans would prefer to see McConnell resign or retire from his position as the GOP leader in the Senate, the Washington Examiner reported.

It isn't just Republicans who'd rather see McConnell go away than return, either, as every single category of respondents in the demographic breakdown showed a majority in favor of his resignation from office.

Majorities in all categories say McConnell should resign

Such were the findings of the latest poll conducted by The Economist/YouGov between April 15-18 and surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults, including 1,316 registered voters, with a margin of error between 3 and 3.2 percent.

Asked whether Sen. McConnell should resign or not, 63 percent overall said "Yes" while 19 percent said "No" and 18 percent were unsure. Among registered voters, it was 68 percent who said the Kentucky senator should resign.

That included 64 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of conservatives, and 69 percent of Trump 2020 voters who all said "Yes," compared to 20 percent in each category that said "No."

McConnell fared little better among any of the other demographic categories either, as 64 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of liberals, plus 62 percent of independents and 65 percent of moderates, along with 67 percent of Biden 2020 voters, all agreed that it was time for the Senate GOP leader to resign.

Low favorability and job approval numbers

Part of the reason for the substantial across-the-board majorities who would prefer to see Sen. McConnell resign is his rather dismal favorability ratings, as the pollsters found that just 29 percent overall viewed him favorably, including 7 percent "very" and 22 percent "somewhat" favorable, while 54 percent overall had an unfavorable view of McConnell, including 31 percent "very" and 22 percent "somewhat" unfavorable.

Among Republicans, the favorable/unfavorable split was 37-49 percent, compared to 35-55 percent for conservatives and 36-55 for Trump 2020 voters.

Another reason would be McConnell's low job approval rating, which was a combined 29 percent overall, including 8 percent who "strongly" approve and 21 percent "somewhat" approve, in contrast with a combined 48 percent who disapprove, which included 29 percent "strongly" and 19 percent "somewhat."

In the demographic breakdown of McConnell's combined approval numbers, the split was 38-44 percent for Republicans, 35-51 percent for Conservatives, and 36-52 percent for Trump 2020 voters.

Return to business as usual

Of course, Senate Minority Leader McConnell has given no indication that he has any plans whatsoever to resign, as was made abundantly clear in the floor speech that he delivered upon his return to the legislative body on Monday.

"I want to thank all my colleagues for the warm wishes they shared over the past few weeks. Suffice to say -- this wasn’t the first time that being hard-headed has served me well!" McConnell joked. "We are truly lucky and blessed to get to serve in this remarkable institution, represent our home states, and serve our country. I’m very happy to be back."

He then immediately pivoted to address the "important business" that Congress needed to swiftly address, including border security, crime reduction, price inflation, national security, and the debt ceiling, among other things.

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