DemDaily: The Country’s Most Popular (and Unpopular) Senators

September 13, 2023

The most popular Democratic in the US Senate is Brian Schatz, followed by fellow Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono.

The most popular Republican is John Barrasso, with seven in 10 Wyomingites approving of his job performance. He is followed by fellow GOP Senator John Thune of South Dakota, who rates a 63% approval rating among his constituents.

Independents Bernie Sanders (VT) and Angus King (ME),who caucus with the Democrats, also ranked in the top ten. Both are up for reelection in 2024, although Sanders has yet to declare.

Sanders fellow Senator from Vermont, Democrat Peter Welch, is not far behind him with a 61% approval rating.

The ratings are according to a Morning Consult survey conducted April 1-June 30 in all 50 states. The publication has polled voters since 2017, with reports published quarterly.

On the flip side, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) remains America’s most unpopular Senator, with roughly 3 in 5 Kentucky voters expressing disapproval of his job performance.

McConnell is in good company, with Senators Susan Collins (ME), Ron Johnson (WI) and Lindsay Graham (SC) among the top five least popular lawmakers.

Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz, who is facing a challenging reelection campaign in 2024, came in 9th with a 48% approval/42% disapproval rating.

Among Democrats, West Virginia SenatorJoe Manchin, who is still weighing a 2024 reelection bid -- or a third-party presidential bid -- scores the highest negatives, with a 55% disapproval rating compared to a 33% approval rating. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R), who announced his challenge to Manchin in April, has a 62% approval rating.

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic party last December to become an Independent, ranks second in the negative numbers, with 43% disapproval rating compared to 42% approval.

Those numbers, however, still represent an increase across the board among Democrats, Independents and Republicans, compared to those before she changed parties.

In bad news for Democrats, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, who running for a third term next year in the critical battleground state, scored a 46% approval/41% disapproval rating. No prominent Republican, however, has come forward to challenge the two-term Senator.

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