Poll: Republicans souring on McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any 2020 Dem besides Warren: analysis Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle MORE (R-Ky.) is now viewed negatively by a majority of Republicans, a new poll says.

Over three in 10 GOP voters now see the Kentucky lawmaker in a bad light, according to Gallup.


It said Wednesday that 35 percent view McConnell unfavorably versus 30 percent who see him favorably instead.

McConnell’s latest score is his latest decline in popularity since becoming the majority leader last January, Gallup said.

A previous sampling in August, it added, had 34 percent ranking him favorably and 32 percent unfavorably.

Gallup also noted that most Republicans viewed McConnell favorably during a poll 18 months ago.

He then earned 47 percent favorability and 23 percent unfavorability ratings, it said.

McConnell typically received nearly 50 percent favorability and nearly 20 percent unfavorability ratings during his tenure as Senate minority leader from 2010 to 2014. 

Gallup’s findings come as many Republican voters are frustrated by the lack of legislative action by the GOP-led Congress.

GOP respondents were equally disenchanted during a similar Gallup survey on Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCrowley, Shuster moving to K Street On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word MORE (R-Ohio) earlier this month.

It found that only 36 percent of Republican voters view the departing lawmaker favorably.

That score is contrasted with 42 percent who have a negative view of Boehner instead.

Wednesday’s poll additionally found that only 9 percent of GOP voters approve of the job the Republican-led Congress is currently doing.

Gallup conducted its latest sampling via telephone interviews of 1,015 adults from Oct. 7-11.  It has a 4 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.

The sampling was concluded before the emergence of a bipartisan budget deal expected to pass the House Wednesday.

The legislation, which would raise spending caps and the debt ceiling, would fund fiscal years 2016-2017.