A huge majority of Americans supports the idea of Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) resigning from his post leading Senate Republicans, the pollster Rasmussen Reports — known as leaning Right — has found. The exact portion saying as much was 73 percent of the overall total, a group of likely voters.
It’s not an entirely shocking result, as McConnell often receives low marks from members of the public in polling, though he has been in elected office for decades. He has recently faced questions after multiple public incidents in which he appeared to freeze up in the middle of active discussions, though he’s shown no public intention of abandoning either his leadership position or Senate seat. McConnell was most recently re-elected in 2020, and his state is known in general for leaning heavily towards Republicans — though they currently have a Democratic governor running for re-election in a general election contest scheduled for later this year. Polling has repeatedly shown a lead for that Democratic incumbent, Andy Beshear.
McConnell’s already documented unpopularity extends to even his own political party, with former President Donald Trump having repeatedly named the Kentucky Senator in public complaints. Trump has even taken credit for McConnell’s win in 2020, which is not a realistic position considering the historically Republican lean of Kentucky, no matter any isolated polling that may have shown strong numbers for McConnell’s Democratic challenger in the general election that year, Amy McGrath.
Meanwhile, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has also openly questioned McConnell’s fitness to serve amid questions about his health status. McConnell is barely ahead of Greene’s favorite presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in age. Still, she was insistent. “Severe aging health issues and/or mental health incompetence in our nation’s leaders MUST be addressed,” Greene recently wrote online. “Biden, McConnell, Feinstein, and Fetterman are examples of people who are not fit for office and it’s time to be serious about it.” John Fetterman, a Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, suffered a stroke, but he has gone through what medical observers have characterized as an essentially foreseeable recovery process — which didn’t stop Republican attacks.