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Absolutely nobody likes Mitch McConnell, not even Republicans, new poll finds

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice, Senate Democrats and Republicans will come under immense pressure. Liberals will insist that Democrats block the choice. Some conservatives will demand that McConnell blow up long-standing rules to get the new president's choice on the high court.
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New data from Gallup shows major bipartisan disapproval of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Out of 11 prominent U.S. leaders, McConnell received the worst job approval rating at 34 percent, along with the highest disapproval rating at 63 percent.

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Gallup reported that most of the figures found at least two-thirds support from one party — but not McConnell.

Even most Republicans aren’t happy with his performance, as only 46 percent said they approve. Additionally, 75 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of independents, and 52 percent of Republicans all reported disapproval of McConnell, numbers that Gallup called “striking.”

On the other hand, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, maintains favorable ratings among Republicans, which Gallup attributed to his continued good relationship with former President Donald Trump, along with his refusal to compromise with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.

Earlier this month, McConnell’s own Congressional colleague, conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), referred to McConnell as “Biden’s bitch” in a tweet lambasting him for allowing Democrats to bypass the filibuster on a debt ceiling bill so that it could pass with a simple majority instead of a 60-vote majority.

Conservative Fox News Host Tucker Carlson also recently criticized McConnell for being “an instrument of the left.” But the left obviously doesn’t like him either.

Of the 11 political leaders in the Gallup poll, the only person who found majority bipartisan approval was Chief Justice John Roberts. Overall, Roberts saw a 60 percent approval and 34 percent disapproval rating, with 57 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Independents expressing approval.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci came in third place overall, with a 52 percent approval rating and 47 percent disapproval rating. Fauci’s approval stemmed overwhelmingly from Democrats, as 85 percent approved. Only 19 percent of Republicans reported approval of Fauci’s performance, along with 48 percent of Independents.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t see high ratings either. Biden earned a 43 percent overall approval rating, and Harris 44 percent. Unlike McConnell, however, both received high ratings from their own parties. 77 percent of Democrats approve of Harris, according to a different Gallup poll, 78 percent of Democrats approve of Biden.

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