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Poll: 53 Percent of Kentuckians Disapprove of Mitch McConnell’s Leadership

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A recent poll taken in early February by The Hill reveals that 53 % of Kentuckians do not approve of the job being done by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy revealed that the figure is based on McConnell’s performance as one of Kentucky’s senators. 41 % who approve Mitch McConnell’s work and 6 % were unsure.

The poll was conducted after Senator McConnell was re-elected to the Senate. Among Kentucky Republicans, 62 % approved of the Senate Minority Leader, while 29 % disapproved. 73 % of Democrats disapproved and 23 % approved.

Yet among Kentuckians and Republicans, McConnell does not fare as well as Senator Rand Paul does. Sen. Rand Paul, who has openly and deeply opposed the impeachment of former President Trump and the Senate trial (in which he was acquitted), has a higher approval rating in the poll than McConnell.

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Senator Mitch McConnell (Flickr)

The poll found that 53 % of Kentuckians approve of Paul, compared to 44 % who disapprove.

Senator Paul holds an 82 % approval rating from Republicans surveyed, twenty percent higher than McConnell’s approval rating within his party. Only 16 % of Kentucky Republicans disapproved of Paul.

On the Democratic side, however, the two are about even. 73 % of Democrats revealed they disapproved of Paul versus 24 % who approved.

The poll was conducted Feb. 1-4 and surveyed six hundred twenty-five registered Kentucky voters by telephone. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Mitch McConnell and the impeachment

The Senate Minority Leader voted against the impeachment of former President Trump but stated that former his actions prior to the Capitol riots “were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

McConnell asserted that the riots occurred because the rioters paid attention to what he called “outlandish falsehoods” by the “most powerful man on Earth” – referring to Trump – “because he was angry that he lost an election,” the senator pronounced.

“Former President Trump’s actions prior to the riots were a shameful dereliction of duty… There is no doubt, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. There is no question about it,” he continued.

“The leader of the free world can’t spend weeks screaming that dark forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things,” McConnell argued.

McConnell’s claims that Trump incited the protesters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is the same argument Democrats used to push forward the impeachment trial inside the House of Representatives, which culminated in acquittal.

Before the impeachment trial began, AP reported that Senator McConnell asserted to his Republican colleagues that their final vote, on whether to convict or acquit Trump, would be a “conscience vote.”

Republicans who voted in favor of convicting Trump along with Democrats included Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The acquittal paves the way for Trump to launch another White House bid in 2024.

Rafael Valera, Venezuelan, student of Political Science, political exile in São Paulo, Brazil since 2017 // Rafael Valera, venezolano, es estudiante de Ciencias Políticas y exiliado político en São Paulo, Brasil desde 2017

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