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 November 26, 2022

Majority of GOP voters want Mitch McConnell removed from position as Senate Republican leader

A new poll found that a majority of GOP likely voters want Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) out of his position as Senate Minority Leader, Breitbart reported. McConnell was recently voted back into the position, though 10 Republican lawmakers did not vote for him.

The Rasmussen Reports survey was conducted from Nov. 20 to 21 among 1,000 likely voters. Most notably, it revealed that 62% wanted McConnell gone from his leadership role in favor of someone new.

That number increased to 66% among voters identifying as conservative. Among Democrats, 58% wanted McConnell out, as did 63% of voters reporting no party affiliation.

McConnell's approval was low, with only 28% having a favorable impression of him and 5% reporting a very favorable impression. This recent poll marks a new low after his lowest favorability of 31% in August.

It seems Republican voters aren't pleased with McConnell's leadership, but the same can be said about his fellow GOP lawmakers. A vote was conducted on Nov. 16 via secret ballot during a contentious meeting.

In the end, McConnell was reelected to his leadership position 37-10, according to Politico. Although he handily beat challenger Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), this marked the first time he received any opposition.

"I'm not in any way offended by having an opponent or by having a few votes in opposition," McConnell told reporters after the vote. He was asked whether this might be his last term after 16 years in GOP leadership.

"Look, I'm not going anywhere," he replied. It seems McConnell and his style of agenda-setting is here to stay.

However, Scott and others in the party have opposed McConnell because of the way he has steered the GOP. Besides Scott, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Braun (R-IN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) also said they voted against him.

"I'm glad that we had about eight hours over the last two days to engage in a detailed discussion about how we use all the legislative tools we have to stop the policies of the Democrats," Cruz concluded after the vote. Others, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), declined to say how they voted.

Unfortunately, McConnell seems to have gotten the wrong message from the Republican voters and fellow lawmakers who oppose him. "We turned off centrist voters. We have a problem with people in the middle."

McConnell represents the old-guard Republicans who held onto the party in decades past. It's time to pass the torch to the newer class of GOP lawmakers who aren't afraid to double down on the conservative agenda.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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