Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is less popular with Republican voters than GOP Rep. George Santos, who recently stepped down from his House committee assignments after he was criticized for repeatedly lying about his background.
A new poll from Monmouth shows that while 23 percent of GOP voters find McConnell “favorable,” 53 percent of conservative constituents see the Kentucky senator in an unfavorable light. That “clearly negative rating,” as researchers at Monmouth put it, means voters view serial liar Santos, who raked in only 42 percent unfavorability, with 11 percent less negativity than the official leader of the GOP Senate.
McConnell also scored poorly compared to Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments by Democrats for posting controversial statements to her Facebook prior to her election and even shamed by members of her party. Approximately 30 percent of Republican votes approved of Greene, while just 19 percent were critical of her.
Even compared to his GOP House counterpart Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who raked in 48 percent favorability and only 15 percent unfavorability, McConnell is disapproved by 38 percent more Republican voters.
Republicans in the senate attempted to oust McConnell from his GOP leadership position, which he’s held since 2007, shortly after the midterm elections in 2022. Their campaign ultimately failed but gained more support than it ever has past leadership elections.
Republican voters and legislators aren’t the only ones who appear to despise the veteran senator.
Whether it’s his affinity for greenlighting Democrat spending wish lists, throwing the GOP’s chances at winning back the majority in the upper chamber, or because he appears to have more allegiance to foreign countries like Ukraine and China than his own country, it’s clear that Republican voters don’t think their leader represents them or their interests.