Gallup: Republicans Sour on Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Less than a year after he was reelected with a Republican Senate, Gallup polling shows the GOP is souring on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republicans are more likely to have an unfavorable opinion (35%) of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell than a favorable one (30%). Just 18 months ago, Republicans were twice as likely to view him positively (47%) as negatively (23%).

Republicans viewed McConnell favorably from 2010 — three years after he became the party’s Senate leader — through 2014. During his time as minority leader, his favorable ratings were generally near 50% and his unfavorable ratings near 20%.

That has changed now that Republicans have control of the U.S. Senate, and McConnell is the legislative leader of that chamber. In an August poll, Republicans’ opinions of McConnell were evenly divided at 34% favorable and 32% unfavorable. But in the last couple of months, their opinions of him have tilted negative.

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