by Ben Whedon
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces intense opposition to his remaining in elected office, a recent survey has revealed.
64% of eligible voters said that he should resign, according to a Redfield & Wilton poll, conducted for Newsweek. that figure includes members of both parties. The same percent of Biden voters said McConnell ought to resign while Trump voters expressed the same sentiment by an even wider, 71%, margin.
42% of respondents said they were “very concerned” about the 81-year-old’s ability to do his job “due to his age,” while a further 23% said they were “fairly concerned” and 18% said they were “slightly concerned.” Just 9% held no reservations about McConnell’s age.
Conducted from Aug. 5-6, the survey questioned 1,500 eligible voters.
The Kentucky Republican has generally earned poor marks nationwide and currently holds a 20.8% favorability rating in the RealClearPolitics polling average, compared with a 57.0% unfavorable rating.
The Redfield poll follows a late July incident in which McConnell appeared to freeze in the middle of a press conference for roughly 20 seconds before his colleagues had to lead him away from the podium.
Odd moment: McConnell freezes at start of Senate GOP leadership press conference and is escorted to the side by his colleagues pic.twitter.com/hT5bLnstOS
— Raquel Martin (@RaquelMartinTV) July 26, 2023
McConnell later insisted he was fine and has balked at the prospect of his resignation.
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