McConnell’s Favorable Ratings Jump

Public opinion of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have improved significantly over the past two months. A national survey found that 37% of voters nationwide now have a favorable opinion of the Kentucky Republicans. That’s up from 20% in August and 30% a month ago (see topline trends).

Equally dramatic is the decline in his negatives. In August, 47% had an unfavorable opinion of McConnell. It’s fallen to 37% today. It’s the first time in polling that any Congressional leader has had favorable ratings equal to his unfavorables (see question wording and crosstab results).

Currently, McConnell’s Democratic counterpart–Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer–is viewed favorably by 33% and unfavorably by 39%. House Speaker Paul Ryan is viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 43%. Finally, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is viewed favorably by 35% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 46%.

This national survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 2018 by and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

McConnell has long been viewed skeptically by the Republican base. Back in August, just 36% of GOP voters had a favorable opinion of him and slightly more (37%) had an unfavorable view. He is now viewed favorably by 55% of Republican voters and unfavorably by 18%.

Lindsey Graham, another Republican Senator often viewed skeptically by GOP voters, has seen a similar surge in support following his performance at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Vice President Mike Pence is viewed favorably by 50% of voters nationwide, up from 46% a month ago and 42% the month before. A national survey found that he is viewed unfavorably by 36%.

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