America’s Least Popular Senator Revealed

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Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is the least popular of U.S. Senators, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

The Kentucky Congressman is the only lawmaker in the upper chamber that has more than 60 percent disapproval among his state’s voters.

In the poll, McConnell received a 64 percent disapproval rating and only 28 percent approval.

He is followed in unpopularity by Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) with 55 percent disapproval, Susan Collins (R-Maine) with 53 percent disapproval, and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) with 52 percent disapproval among home-state voters.

Those four are the only Senators with a disapproval rating above 50 percent.

McConnell, 81, is not up for re-election until 2026 after he won re-election to a seventh term in 2020.

Despite McConnell routinely polling among the least popular Senators, the GOP leader beat Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine, by nearly 20 points in the 2020 race.

At the other end of the popularity spectrum, eight senators achieved approval ratings above 60 percent.

Leading the most popular was Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), with 65 percent approval.

Among the top eight were Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Republican Senators John Barrasso (Wyo.), John Thune (S.D.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Mike Rounds (S. D.), and Democratic Senators Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Peter Welch (Vt.)

As the 2024 general election approaches, the approval ratings of some of the most vulnerable senators show how difficult their path to re-election may be.

Among the most vulnerable is Manchin, who has not announced whether he will seek re-election; he appears significantly more vulnerable than fellow Democratic Senator Jon Tester (Mont.), who has announced he intends to retain his seat in 2024. Tester’s approval rating was 58 percent, while Manchin’s hovered at 38 percent, making Tester one of the ten most popular Senators.