Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shares something in common with President Biden — besides their age — according to new polling, and that’s approval numbers falling to new depths.
A Monmouth University poll released Monday was not kind to Biden or McConnell but the GOP leader was the only one to see his approval rating hit single digits — the 81-year-old president had a 34 percent approval, marking a low point for him.
McConnell’s footprint in DC has been very small since dealing with medical issues earlier in the year, and he was the only congressional leader to have a net negative rating from fellow Republicans, according to The Hill.
Overall, McConnell had a 60 percent disapproval rating among those surveyed, with an approval rating of just 6 percent. But he also faired poorly among Republicans, with just 10 percent approving of the job he is doing while 41 percent disapprove.
“The poll showcased the sharp decline in McConnell’s approval, which dropped twice since the last time the poll was conducted. Back then, the GOP Senate leader had a 12 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval rating,” The Hill reported.
McConnell fell at a private dinner in March, suffering a concussion and a minor rib fracture. Since then, he has had two very public episodes of freezing up while speaking. The first incident happened during a news conference in July and the second incident took place in August while taking questions in his home state.
Coupled with a frail geriatric president, Americans seem to be growing weary of octogenarians having a stranglehold on power in Washington.
It certainly didn’t help the senator’s case when he pointed his finger at former President Donald Trump earlier this year in response to the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said in January.
McConnell is up for reelection in three years. He has yet to say if he will run, but he will be 84 years old in 2026.
As for the other congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had a 21 percent approval rating in the Monmouth poll, compared to a 41 percent disapproval rating. He had good support among Democrats with 48 percent approving compared to 18 percent disapproving.
Newly selected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) saw a 17 percent approval rating overall compared to 31 percent disapproving. In what amounts tp bad news for McConnell, Johnson had strong support among Republican, enjoying a 37 percent approval rating with just 5 percent disapproving of the job he’s doing. Then again, it’s early.
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