Mitch McConnell’s standing among Republicans nationally has taken a dive over the past year and a half, according to the results of a Gallup survey released Wednesday afternoon.
The Senate majority leader earned high marks during his time as minority leader from 2010 to 2014, generally about 50 percent approval. But in the latest survey, 30 percent of Republicans expressed a favorable opinion of him, and 35 percent held an unfavorable view. In April of last year, 47 percent of Republicans approved of McConnell’s job performance, while 32 percent did not.
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The percentages have been trending in that direction for much of the past year; in August, 34 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of McConnell, and 32 percent did not.
Overall, 18 percent of 1,015 adults surveyed had a favorable opinion of the Kentucky Republican, while 41 percent had an unfavorable view, worse than his ratings during the October 2013 government shutdown. Also, in the survey, 23 percent said they had never heard of him, and 17 percent had no opinion.
The poll was conducted Oct. 7-11 by telephone, and has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.