Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, the embodiment of all things cynical and hypocritical, is not well-liked. More accurately, McConnell is really, really, really not well-liked, according to a new poll.
When asked if they approve of Sen. McConnell, a scant 15% of voters in a new Public Policy Polling poll responded positively. A whopping 52% disapproved. This places McConnell’s popularity about even with the Republican-led Congress as a whole, which has a dismal approval rating of 15%, versus a disapproval rating of 65%.
McConnell is infamous for saying, following President Obama’s victory in 2008, that “[t]he single most important thing [Republicans in Congress] want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” This kicked off eight years of obstructionism by Republicans in Congress.
Democrats generally have more principles than to purposefully harm the country for political gain. For that reason, we do not expect Democrats to mimic the obstructionist plans of Republicans. Luckily for Democrats, McConnell and Republicans in Congress appear to have no trouble alienating voters all on their own.