As the MAGA Movement continues to expert its dominance over the Republican Party, it is becoming harder to deny that the GOP itself is running ever further into the right.
Gone are the days of centrist conservatives watching the radical Democrats running roughshod over DC and our nation. There is now a new game in town, as right wing Republicans conjure a resurgence the likes of which our nation hasn’t seen in a long, long time.
But there are still some establishment Republicans standing in the way of this progress, including longtime Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who this week received a rude awakening about his own future within the party.
Just seven percent view Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) favorably, down from 31 percent in 2020 when former President Donald Trump was leading the Republican Party, a Civiqs poll found Wednesday.
The Civiqs poll averaged 214,149 responses tracked between November 18, 2017, and September 20, 2022. The Civiqs tracking model captures the shifts in attitudes of various groups over time across all 50 states and Washington, DC. These changes can happen either rapidly or over time.
And there is almost no doubt that the rise of the MAGA Movement has affected McConnell’s standing.
The poll showed McConnell’s favorability took a huge hit the month former President Donald Trump left office, plunging from 17 percent to 8 percent.
As the Biden administration assumed office and began weaponizing federal agencies and prosecuting political foes, McConnell’s favorability rating sank and has hovered in the high single digits.
The last time McConnell’s favorability sank to the high single digits was 2018. But during the pandemic, his favorability rose and oscillated between 31 and 25 percent.
McConnell has been distancing himself from Donald Trump over the course of the last several months, adding to the MAGA bloc’s distrust and disapproval of the career politician.