New poll of U.S. voters doesn’t bode well for McCarthy

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Less than half of Republicans believe the GOP should elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker, a new poll by the GOP-leaning Rasmussen Reports finds.

The poll asked GOP “likely voters” if House Republicans should elect their current leader to be Speaker. The results were:

Yes: 48%
No: 29%
Not Sure: 23%

The percentage of Republicans wanting McCarthy to be Speaker did not change from a similar Rasmussen poll in November. But while those not wanting him to be Speaker fell, from 38 percent to 29 percent, those responding “Not Sure” jumped from 16 percent to 23 percent.

Without party as a factor, only 35 percent of likely U.S. voters think McCarthy should be the next Speaker, according to the poll of 900 respondents.

The survey’s anemic numbers cannot help the California Republican’s effort to break the logjam of 20 conservative House members fighting to either replace him or win concessions for a more transparent legislative process that will mitigate against massive “omnibus” spending bills that are forced upon Members who have little or no ability to amend them.

The news is not all bad for McCarthy: his total favorability ratings among GOP voters are above 50 percent and are far greater than those of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, whose are in his 30s, according to an online Rasmussen analyst. Here is the breakdown of the Rasmussen survey asking likely Republican voters their view of McCarthy:

Very Favorable: 24%
Somewhat Fav: 31%
Somewhat UnFav: 18%
Very UnFav: 10%
Not Sure: 17%

McCarthy’s total favorability rating for all voters polled (irrespective of party affiliation) is 40 percent, which is “neither high nor low” by historical standards, according to Rasmussen. Here is the survey’s breakdown for all voters:

Very favorable: 19%
Somewhat fav: 21
Somewhat unfav: 19
Very unfav: 24

The Rasmussen phone and online poll of 900 “likely voters” were conducted on January 2-4, 2023. The firm reports a “margin of sampling error of =/-3 percentage points with a 98 percent level of confidence.”

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