Mitch McConnell’s Historically-Low Approval Ratings

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

President Trump continues to set new records for plummeting approval ratings after such a short time in office. As we noted over the weekend, Trump’s numbers are falling fast even in states where he performed well in the 2016 election.

Various polling outfits have shown Trump’s approval ratings in the low-30s this summer, which are historically low numbers for a President after his first six months in office. But as The Hill reports today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would need to nearly DOUBLE his approval ratings just to catch up to Trump’s record lows:

A Public Policy Polling survey found just 18 percent of respondents approve of the job McConnell is doing, compared with 74 percent who disapprove.

If McConnell were up for reelection today, 37 percent of respondents said they would vote for the Kentucky Republican. Another 44 percent would instead choose a Democratic opponent, according to the survey.

It’s important to understand just how difficult it is to have an approval rating of 18-freakin’-percent. Take a look at some of these comparisons:

♦ Late last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recorded the lowest approval rating for a sitting governor that Quinnipiac University pollsters had ever measured…and he bottomed out at 19%.

♦ Last month, Morning Consult released polling results for every U.S. Senator; Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake sported the worst approval rating at 37%.

♦ In a February Gallup poll, Russian President Vladimir Putin checked in with a 22% approval rating among Americans.

♦ Former President George W. Bush suffered low approval ratings for much of his second term, but still bottomed out at around 23%.

McConnell was just in Denver last week for a fundraiser with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma), who has the unenviable job of leading the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for the 2018 election cycle. Gardner himself is scraping the floor with approval ratings at a meager 24%.

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    At least Gardner is polling two points above Vladimir Putin. That's not bad for a U.S. Senator. (I know. I'll be Moderatus for a moment: "Stay the course, Senator! Some day they will thank you!")

    McConnell really came to Colorado hoping some of Cory's 24% aura would shine onto him and give him a bump in the polls.

  2. Republican 36 says:

    To exemplify how bad Sen. McConnell's and Sen. Gardner's approval ratings are one need only look at early August 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. His approval rating after the "Saturday Night Massacre" and the revelations from the White House tapes stood at 24% the day he resigned.

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    To further put McConnell's 18% in perspective, after the Berlin Wall came down and the Stasi disbanded, the East German Communist Party was polling at 19%. Mitch is almost as popular as they were.

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    The GOP has to be counting on voter suppression to maintain power. We have to get out there and register voters like our country depends on it.

    Because it does.

    Once registered, we'll have to stay vigilant and make sure voters stay registered, (not purged for being "inactive" or supposedly a duplicate voter from some other state), by Kris Kobach's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The latter is the fishing expedition 45 states have refused to fully comply with. 15 states gave Kobach zero information; 30, including Colorado, gave Trump only publicly available information such as name, date of registration, date of birth, and party affiliation. 5 states gave Trump everything he asked for.

    Meanwhile, Kris Kobach won't even answer questions under oath about the purpose of his "Election Integrity" Commission.

    Trump campaign aides' Look Ahead America Commission, has a stated purpose to encourage "“disaffected” rural and working-class Americans" (read: Republican-leaning) voters to register and vote, while Kobach's commission works to discourage and purge Democratic-leaning voters.

    Between now and 2018, we have to push back against voter suppression, aggressively register voters, and push for laws which make voting easier (all-mail ballot elections, same day registration,  no requirements for difficult ID to vote).

    If we don't do these things, we could be stuck with a Trump / Pence administration, ridiculous SCOTUS decisions, and Putin-lite autocracy. The democracy so many of our ancestors died for will wither and die.

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