Former President Donald Trump is far more popular than Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the mid-2022 swing states.
In the swing states of Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Trump is ahead of McConnell by double digits, according to a Morning Consult poll.
In Georgia, Trump holds a 39-point lead over McConnell (86-47%). In North Carolina, Trump has a 41-point (87-46%) lead. Trump’s popularity is 44 points higher in Ohio than McConnell’s (80-36%). And in Pennsylvania, Trump enjoys a 41-point lead over McConnell (77-36%).
Trump’s overwhelming popularity over McConnell’s comes as the two midterm races clash. McConnell has endorsed many candidates Trump has opposed, including Democrat-allied Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
Liz Cheney opponent Harriet Hageman and Murkowski opponent Kelly Tshibaka are endorsed and funded by Trump in a GOP proxy war. Competitive midterm races indicate just how weak McConnell has become in the Republican Party. Cheney and Murkowski are fighting for their political lives after actively opposing Trump during his presidency.
While Trump enjoys huge approval ratings among Republicans, the same cannot be said for McConnell. Axios’ Jonathan Swan asked McConnell in an interview Thursday why Republicans hate him. “Why do they hate you? ” He asked.
McConnell responded by suggesting that his approval rating is so low because he is a great leader. “My job is not to gain national political popularity,” McConnell replied.
A December Gallup poll found that 52% of Republicans disapproved of McConnell’s job as a leader. By comparison, Donald Trump’s approval rating is far better than that of all national politicians and significantly higher than McConnell’s.
Favorable / Unfavorable / Propagation
- Trump: 45 / 50.6 / -5.6
- Biden: 42.5 / 52.8 / -10.3
- Harris: 36.5 / 56 / -15.5
- McConnell: 24.3 / 57.8 / -33.5
- McCarthy: 23.7 / 40.3 / -16.6
- Pelosi: 34.4 / 56.6 / -22.2
- Schumer: 29 / 46.0 / -17.7
McConnell’s failing popularity within the GOP is a reflection of his leadership.
Under McConnell, the national debt rose by nearly $20 billion, illegal immigration continued, and real wages for American workers haven’t risen since the 1970s. Obamacare was signed into law in 2010. , major banks were bailed out in 2008, and social media companies silenced individuals without repercussions.
In October, McConnell gave in to Democrats’ demands and raised the debt ceiling, allowing Democrats to pass on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
As a result, McConnell could lose his leadership position. Several Republican Senate candidates have spoken out against McConnell’s re-election as GOP leader in the Senate. Trump reportedly asked Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) to challenge McConnell for the job after the midterms.
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