A new poll indicates that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the most unpopular senator in the country.
The poll comes from the Morning Consult. The pollster surveyed “representative samples of registered voters in each state,” between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022, asking them whether they approve or disapprove of the job performance of each U.S. senator.
Mitch wins the battle of the worst
McConnell has the distinction of not only being the most unpopular U.S. senator but also the least popular U.S. senator.
The Morning Consult found that McConnell’s approval is only at 29%, whereas his disapproval is at 64%. The remaining 7% chose “don’t know/no opinion.”
These percentages are substantially worse than anyone else on the list. Second place, for example, goes to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has an approval of 40% and a disapproval of 53%.
Seven of the 10 least popular U.S. senators are Republicans – or at least individuals with an “R” next to their names. This includes U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Linsey Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Many of the names on this list will not come as that much of a surprise because these are individuals who are not liked by Democrats because they call themselves Republicans and they are not liked by Republicans because they often side with the Democrats on key issues.
The fact that McConnell is the most unpopular U.S. senator will also not come as a surprise to many.
Poll after poll has indicated that he is one of the most unpopular individuals in U.S. politics.
Real Clear Politics, for example, has McConnell’s favorability rating, on average, at only 20.8% and his unfavorability rating, on average, at 54.8%. That puts McConnell underwater, on average, by 34 percentage points, which is far worse than any other top U.S. politician.
The longest-serving party leader in U.S. Senate history, McConnell, by now, has lost the support of all but his most loyal voters.
Breitbart News helps to explain why, reporting:
Under McConnell’s GOP leadership, the national debt has risen by nearly $20 trillion, illegal immigration has continued, and real wages for American workers have not increased. Obamacare was enacted in 2010. Big banks were bailed out in 2008, and social media companies have silenced individuals without repercussions. In 2022, McConnell has also approved $100 billion in aid for Ukraine.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg regarding the many ways that McConnell has worked against Republican interests. For this reason, many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, are arguing that it’s time for McConnell to go.
The voters’ next opportunity to oust McConnell, however, won’t be until 2026.