A new Gallup poll reports that 52% of Republicans disapproved of Mitch McConnell as Senate minority leader in the midst of attacks on the Kentucky Senator form former President Donald Trump, who has publicly called for McConnell’s ousting as leader.
The same poll reported 46% of Republicans approving of McConnell, which is incredibly low compared to the 71% of Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The Poll asked voters about 11 political figures, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and a few others.
The highest rating was Justice Roberts, at 60% overall, whose approval sat at 57% with Republicans and 55% with Democrats. McConnell came in with the lowest overall rating at 34%.
McConnell’s rating with Republicans was still slightly better in this poll than in some other recent ones. An Economist/YouGov poll recently registered McConnell’s GOP approval at a dismal 31%, while a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll clocked him at around 40%.
Trump has been attacking McConnell for months, referring to him as an “old crow,” and criticizing the Senator for not backing his claims of a stolen 2020 election, for helping to pass Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, and for helping Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
In a statement earlier this month, Trump went after McConnell:
“What is wrong with this Broken Old Crow? He’s hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party. When will they vote him out of Leadership?”
And in an earlier statement, Trump blasted McConnell and other Republicans who supported Biden’s infrastructure plan:
“Those 19 Republicans, including the Broken Old Crow, should not be forgotten for what they have done and the absolutely horrible ramifications this Bill will have on the future of our Nation.”
What may be at the heart of Trump’s disdain for McConnell may be something different, however, as McConnell has recently expressed interest in the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Attacks, saying recently that the committee’s findings are “something the public needs to know,” which no doubt did not sit well with Trump.