According to the latest Harvard-Harris poll, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) only has a 19 percent approval rating, which happens to be the lowest of any elected U.S. official on the national stage.
McConnell’s score is lower than President Donald Trump’s or Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI), according to The Hill.
“Forty-nine percent of voters polled have a negative view of the Senate leader,” The Hill, the publication that was given the results of the poll, reported.
However, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have great approval ratings — 79 percent of Republicans currently have a positive view of the president, with 41 percent favorable and 55 percent unfavorable from the overall survey. Right now, Pence is polling at 44 percent positive and 42 percent negative.
McConnell, who won’t have to run for office again until 2020, has only an 18 percent job approval rating in Kentucky, according to poll released recently by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling. “McConnell is the only Republican elected official polled that is not viewed favorably by a majority of his own party,” according to The Hill. “Only 32 percent of Republican respondents view McConnell favorably, while 40 percent have a negative view of him.”
Ryan is “underwater, posting a negative 33-47 split, but he is viewed favorably by 63 percent of Republican respondents nationwide,” The Hill reported.
The Hill also mentioned that Trump’s job approval rating is at the lowest point in Harvard-Harris polls, now with 43 percent approving and 57 percent disapproving. “However, that is far better than the GOP as a whole. The Republican Party’s job approval rating is at 30 percent positive and 70 percent negative.” However, “only 56 percent of Republicans are happy with what the party has accomplished with its majorities in the House and Senate.”
Mark Penn, co-director of this poll, said that both Trump and McConnell “seem to be locked in a death spiral,” however, The Hill then informed us that Trump “is boosted by the 53 percent approval rating he wins for his handling of the economy.”
“While 59 percent of voters say the country as a whole is on the wrong track, most say the economy is on the right track by a 47-35 margin. Sixty-six percent see the economy as strong,” The Hill reported. “When asked if Trump should get credit for current economic conditions, 45 percent said yes, 14 percent said no and 40 percent were neutral.”
On the other hand, the Democratic Party has an approval rating 42 percent, with 48 percent disapproving, this new poll shows, with 78 percent of Democrats claiming they’re happy with the job their party is doing.
The Hill said the final results of the poll are going to be released online in a few days.
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