According to a new Harvard-Harris poll, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sports the lowest approval rating of any elected U.S. official, including President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
According to a report published in The Hill on Wednesday, polling results show McConnell with a low rating of just 19 percent. “Forty-nine percent of voters polled have a negative view of the Senate leader,” according to the report.
On the other hand, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are now enjoying high approval ratings, with 79 percent of Republicans saying that they have a positive view of the president, and with a 41 percent favorable and 55 percent unfavorable rating from the broader survey.
The vice president polls at 44 percent positive and 42 percent negative, according to the report.
It is a good thing McConnell does not have to face reelection in his home state of Kentucky until 2020 because his constituents only gave him an 18-percent job approval rating, according to another poll released this week by the left-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 report, which further notes that “only 32 percent of Republican respondents view McConnell favorably, while 40 percent have a negative view of him.”
Ryan may be “underwater, posting a negative 33-47 split, but he is viewed favorably by 63 percent of Republican respondents nationwide,” according to the report.
It was also reported that in the Harvard-Harris polls, President Trump’s job approval rating is at its lowest point, with 43 percent of respondents approving and 57 percent disapproving. However, this number has him outperforming the GOP as a whole. “The Republican Party’s job approval rating is at 30 percent positive and 70 percent negative,” according to the report, which goes on to mention that “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 the poll, observed that both Trump and McConnell “seem to be locked in a death spiral,” but The Hill then reported that Trump “is boosted by the 53 percent approval rating he wins for his handling of the economy.”
Nearly 60 percent of voters say the country, as a whole, is on the wrong track, but by a 47-35 margin, they’re more willing to concede to the fact that the economy is moving on the right track. In fact, 66 percent of those polled said that they see the economy as strong,” according to the report.
“When asked if Trump should get credit for current economic conditions, 45 percent said yes, 14 percent said no and 40 percent were neutral,” according to the report.
On the other side of the aisle, the Democratic Party has a 42 percent approval rating, with 48 percent disapproving. According to the poll, 78 percent of Democrats reported that they’re happy with their party’s performance.
Harvard-Harris Polls are provided exclusively to The Hill. According to the news outlet, “The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll.”
Its website further explains that the Harvard-Harris Poll is conducted by the Harris Poll online within the United States every month and captures the responses of more than 2,000 registered voters, with results reflecting a nationally representative sample. “Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, and education, where necessary, to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.”
One of the group’s co-directors is Mark Penn, who served as chief strategist and pollster to Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election. In September 2007, he released a book, titled Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes, which examines small trends sweeping the world.