Poll: McConnell and Pelosi most unpopular sitting politicians in the country

by Ryan Meilstrup

A newly released Gallup poll shows that most of America’s highest-profile government officeholders are not popular.

According to the poll, only Chief Justice John Roberts, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci had approval ratings above 50 percent.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had disapproval ratings over 50 percent, as did Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y.

But among the high-profile government figures, no one was more unpopular than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The much-maligned Pelosi polled at 58 percent disapproval, and Sen. McConnell had a dismal approval rating of only 34 percent.

Many inside and outside the Republican party consider Mitch McConnell a “RINO” and he is loathed on both sides of the aisle according to the latest Gallup poll.

Only 46 percent of Republican respondents approved of McConnell’s job performance, and unsurprisingly, 75 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Independents disapproved of the Kentucky senator’s job performance.

And the most prominent Republican in the country, President Donald Trump, has a negative opinion of Mitch McConnell as well, and has previously called for his resignation.

Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in October that “The Republican Senate needs new leadership,” he said. “I’ve been saying it for a long time. Mitch is not the guy. He’s not the right guy. He’s not doing the job.”

McConnell and Trump have had a complicated relationship over time. The two worked together on pieces of legislation like tax cuts as well as confirming Trump’s appointed justices to the courts. However, McConnell broke with Trump after the events of Jan. 6.

Following the vote to acquit President Trump during February’s impeachment trial, McConnell attacked him by saying, “There’s no question… that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

Trump fired back by writing that “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”

McConnell’s low approval ratings may be significant if the Republicans take back the Senate during the 2022 midterm elections. McConnell has been the Republican leader in the Senate for over a decade, but his time could be running out.

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