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New Ranking of the Most Popular Senators: Who Is Number 1?

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Morning Consult took the interesting habit of elaborating a ranking of the popularity of American senators a few years ago.

This list takes the members of the Upper House one by one and ranks them according to their popularity.

The last poll was published on January 11 and showed Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) as the most popular senator with 66% approval. Just behind were John Thune (R-SD) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), both with 64%.

Barrasso has been in the Senate since 2007 and, by his own definition, is a Republican who believes in “limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense.” He served as the head of the Environment and Public Works committee (2017-2021) and is currently the ranking Republican member on the Energy and Natural Resources committee.

John Barrasso (R-WY) emerged as the most popular senator in Morning Consult’s ranking (Morning Consult).

Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Mike Hoeven (R-ND), John Tester (D-MT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jack Reed (D-RI) and John Kennedy (R-LA) round out the top 10.

Manchin and Sinema are in trouble

The Democrat and independent have made a reputation for embodying moderation in the Senate. To the anger of Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden, both opposed breaking the filibuster and blocked legislation pushed by Democrats.

Both have to defend their seats in 2024 and, despite the fact that they have not announced whether or not they will run, the Morning Consult survey is anything but encouraging.

Indeed, with a 53% negative image, Manchin stands out as the second most unpopular senator, behind only Mitch McConnell (R-KY). For her part, Sinema is also in the top 10 of the most unpopular senator.

The survey revealed that since she announced her affiliation as an independent, her disapproval among Democrats rose 18 percentage points. In turn, during the same period, her approval rating soared among independents (from 29% to 42%) and Republicans (from 38% to 43%), which could tempt her to seek such voters in 2024.

Joaquín Núñez es hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda y licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política norteamericana // Joaquín Núñez is a fan of Avellaneda's Racing Club and has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and American politics.

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