Only Six Percent of Americans Approve of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Job Performance

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We reported earlier about the new Monmouth national poll showing President Joe Biden has dropped to his lowest approval rating ever, earning a meager 34 percent.

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But voters are even more unhappy with another politician, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who received an exceptionally low six percent approval rating. Meanwhile, 60 percent of respondents disapproved of the job he's been doing. 

Monmouth wrote about the McConnell numbers, noting that he’s the only person in the poll who received a net negative score:

The U.S. Senate’s Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earns the lowest overall rating (6% approve and 60% disapprove among American adults), and is the only leader to receive a net negative score from his fellow partisans (10% approve and 41% disapprove among Republicans).

The public’s negative view of McConnell was the lowest in the poll, but folks don’t seem to be too happy with many other members of the House or Senate either. Only 21 percent approve of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

On the Democratic side, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (21% approve and 41% disapprove overall and 48%-18% among Democrats) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (21% approve and 22% disapprove overall and 45%-6% among Democrats) enjoy positive ratings among their fellow partisans if not among the public as a whole. Each of these three leaders have seen their approval ratings drop between 3 and 6 points and their disapproval ratings rise between 4 and 10 points since the summer.

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Newly installed House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) enjoys about the same level of support as his predecessor:

The new Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, starts off his tenure in about the same position as the man he replaced. Johnson’s initial job rating is a negative 17% approve and 31% disapprove among all American adults, but a positive 37% approve and 5% disapprove among his fellow Republicans. Last July, then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy had an overall job rating of 23% approve and 39% disapprove and a Republican rating of 44%-18%. These numbers are similar to where McCarthy stood when he started his short time in the speaker’s chair (19% approve and 35% disapprove overall and 41%-11% among Republicans in January 2023).

McConnell, 81, who is up for reelection in 2026, has not declared whether he’ll run again. He won his seventh term in 2020. 

He suffered a health scare this summer when he on two occasions appeared to "freeze" during press briefings and stared blankly into space. Capitol physician Brian Monahan later determined the freezing episodes could be related to recovery from a concussion after falling in March, adding that it could also have been caused by dehydration.

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RedState reported in September, after the freezing incidents, about a poll that showed that 73 percent of likely voters thought that McConnell should resign as Senate Minority Leader. 

The more recent poll, conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ., was taken from November 30 to December 4 by telephone and involved 803 adults in the U.S. The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points for the full sample. 

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