Few Republicans have a favorable opinion of Senate Minority leader McConnell

Forty-five percent of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of Mitch McConnell; only 28% have a positive view.

February 28, 2024

Mitch McConnell will step down from his position as the Republican leader of the Senate in November.

According to a February 2024 AP-NORC Poll  completed just days before McConnell’s announcement, only 28% of Republicans have a favorable view of him and 45% hold an unfavorable view. 

Democrats hold more favorable views of their Senate leader,  Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, than Republicans have towards McConnell. About a third of Republicans hold favorable views toward House Speaker Mike Johnson and about a third of Democrats view House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries favorably. Even among their own party members, about half do not know enough about each leader to have an opinion.

The nationwide poll was conducted February 22-26, 2024 using the AmeriSpeak® Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. Online and telephone interviews using landlines and cell phones were conducted with 1,102 adults. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.1 percentage points for all adults.

• Suggested Citation: AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (February 2024). “Few Republicans have a favorable opinion of Senate Minority leader McConnell” https://apnorc.org/projects/few-republicans-have-a-favorable-opinion-of-senate-minority-leader-mcconnell

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