Democrats view Mitch McConnell more favorably than Republicans

Democrats have a more favorable view of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) than Republicans, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday found.

The poll examined the sympathy of three Republican leaders: former President Donald Trump, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and McConnell.

The survey showed that 52% of likely voters had a favorable opinion of Trump and McCarthy.

Of these, 31% view Trump “very” favorably, while 22% view McCarthy “very” favorably. However, McConnell struggles to see a positive favorable rating across the board, as 60% have an unfavorable opinion, while 31% have an unfavorable opinion. Only nine percent view the 81-year-old “very” favorably.

The survey found that 77% of Republicans view Trump at least somewhat favorably, and 71% hold the same view as McCarthy. McConnell, however, is struggling, as only 32% of Republicans view him favorably. Perhaps most surprisingly, Democrats tend to have a more favorable opinion of the Republican minority leader than Republicans, as 35% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of McConnell. By comparison, 14% of Democrats view him “very” favorably, while only 9% of Republicans hold the same view.

The survey also looked at every leader and found a plurality at all levels agreeing that Trump is a better leader for the Republican Party. Notably, a majority of Republicans – 60% — identified Trump as the best GOP leader.

According to the Rasmussen reports:

Among Republican voters, however, Trump (60%) is the overwhelming choice as the top leader for the GOP, with nearly twice as much support as McCarthy (19%) and McConnell (13%) combined. Voters unaffiliated with either major party choose Trump (35%) over McConnell (24%) or McCarthy (19%) as the top Republican leader.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of unaffiliated voters and 51% of Democrats think it’s at least somewhat likely that Republican politicians in Washington, D.C. worked secretly with Democrats to keep Trump out of re-election in 2020. More Republicans (36%) than Democrats (27%) or unaffiliated voters (21%) say it is very likely that GOP politicians helped Democrats prevent Trump’s re-election.

The survey was conducted on March 9 and 12-13, 2023 among 1,017 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3%. This coincides with other polls released in recent months showing Trump dominating in terms of favor over other politicians — including McConnell — as well as in the potential GOP primary.

In December, McConnell essentially blame Republican losses in the midterm elections on Trump’s influence throughout the primaries.

“Our ability to control the primary outcome was quite limited in 22 because the support of the former president proved to be very decisive in those primaries, so my view was to do your best with the cards that are dealt to you. “, did he declare. at the time:

Meanwhile, Trump took aim at McConnell, identifying him as one of many “China-loving politicians.”

“We will never be a country ruled by entrenched bipartisan political dynasties, rotten special interests, China-loving politicians, of which there are many,” Trump said. declared during a recent speech at CPAC. “Do you listen to this Mitch McConnell? Are you listening?”:


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