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With less than one year until the 2022 midterm elections, it looks like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in serious trouble at the polls.
The Kentucky Republican tanked in job approval ratings in a new survey, coming in behind the dismal numbers of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Despite being the longest-serving Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, McConnell garnered 34 percent public approval in a Dec. 1-16 Gallup poll ranking the job approval ratings of 11 federal officials.
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell receives the worst ratings of the 11 measured, with 63% disapproving and 34% approving,” the Gallup survey reported.
While Biden and Harris face cratering approval in most recent polls, their own party seems to continue to show support whereas the same cannot be said of McConnell.
“Most of the other leaders are viewed positively by two-thirds or more of one party versus less than a quarter of the other,” the Gallup report explained.
“A key exception is McConnell, whose performance is approved of by less than half of Republicans (46%). At the same time, he receives the lowest ratings of the 11 from Democrats (21%) and independents (35%),” it continued. “Strikingly, majorities of all three groups disapprove of McConnell: 75% of Democrats, 64% of independents and 52% of Republicans.”
McConnell’s poor standing has been exacerbated by the targeted attacks on his credibility by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
“Mitch McConnell’s a disaster. The Republicans have to get a new leader,” Trump told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo earlier this month on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
In contrast to McConnell’s hemorrhaging approval ratings, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy gathered the highest numbers in the poll among any Congressional leader of either party.
The California Republican who has been a staunch supporter of the former president scored favorably “with 71% of Republicans, 48% of independents and 23% of Democrats approving of his performance,” according to Gallup.
“Unlike McConnell, who has had a falling out with former President Donald Trump since he left office, McCarthy maintains a cordial relationship with Trump. McConnell and McCarthy have also taken different approaches to lifting the debt ceiling, with McCarthy opting out of supporting a bipartisan deal that McConnell backed,” Gallup noted.
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