Republican Primary Voter Opinion on the GOP House, Senate, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell
Next, we wanted to determine the degree to which this dissatisfaction with the Republican Party extends to the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and Washington, DC political figures. We asked respondents whether they approve or disapprove of the job that Republicans are doing managing the United States House of Representatives, and then asked the same question for the United States Senate. The approval rating for the GOP-led Senate is especially striking – 71% of these likely Republican Primary voters disapprove of the job Republicans are doing managing the Senate.
This is despite the fact that, as the survey also found, 80% of these voters support the Senate majority’s decision to refuse to hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland. So even though they overwhelmingly support the Senate’s actions on that high-profile issue, it is not enough to overcome their disapproval with the Republican Senate in general. As Senate Majority Leader, it’s no surprise that Mitch McConnell’s image also suffers, as 66% of these likely Republican voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, compared to only 13% favorable.
The Republican House does not fare much better: 59% disapprove of the job they are doing, while only 30% approve. Of the four Washington, DC institutions/political figures tested, only House Speaker Paul Ryan has a positive image rating, with 47% of voters having a favorable opinion of him and 41% with an unfavorable opinion. This is still not exactly encouraging given the fact that these respondents are all likely Republican Primary voters who one would think should have a more favorable opinion of the Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential nominee.