The results are in for America’s most popular senators and one Republican earned the dubious honor of ranking in last place.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “is yet again America’s least popular senator,” according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.
No less than 55 percent of Kentucky voters disapproved of their GOP senator’s job in office, while only one-third approved in the survey compiled from a poll of 255,120 registered voters in 50 states from July 1 to Sept. 30.
McConnell, who has openly clashed with President Trump on issues since he took office, saw his net approval drop 15 percentage points. The Morning Consult described this as “the difference in his approval and disapproval percentages,” and reported that the Kentucky Republican’s was “the third-largest drop in the Senate, from the second quarter.”
— Morning Consult (@MorningConsult) October 31, 2017
At 48 percent, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake came in with the the second-highest disapproval rating. The Arizona Republican, who published an anti-Trump book this summer, saw a 7-point drop in his net approval prior to his announcement that he would not seek re-election.
“Two in 10 voters in Arizona said they did not know or had no opinion of Flake,” Morning Consult reported.
Fellow Arizona senator and another outspoken Republican critic of Trump’s, Sen. John McCain, was awarded the third-highest disapproval score at 44 percent. McCain, who cast the deciding vote against a Senate plan to repeal Obamacare, earned only 46 percent of Arizona voters’ approval.
For Democrats, Sen. Robert Menendez saw only 32 percent of voters in his home state of New Jersey approve of his job performance, the lowest of any senator, according to the survey. Facing a federal corruption trial, Menendez had a 41 percent disapproval rating while “28 percent said they did not know or had no opinion of the senator, who has been in that office since January 2006,” Morning Consult reported.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders remained America’s most popular senator, earning the highest approval rating of the 100 lawmakers with 71 percent. The former presidential candidate was the most popular senator in the same poll earlier this year.
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