After months of failing to secure a major legislative win for President Trump and fellow Republicans, a new poll shows that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the lowest approval rating of any nationally recognized elected official in the United States.
According to the Hill, McConnell’s numbers are drastically lower than President Trump or Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, with just 19% of national voters approving of his job performance and a whopping 49% of voters disapproving of the GOP leader.
The remainder of those surveyed either didn’t know who Mitch McConnell was or didn’t have enough information to offer an opinion.
On the other hand, President Trump enjoys a 79% approval rating from Republicans polled, and Speaker Paul Ryan sits comfortably with 63% of GOP voters approving of his job performance.
A senior aide to McConnell dismissed the numbers, saying Congressional leaders seldom get credit for legislative wins, but are often blamed for legislative failures.
“National approval numbers are totally inconsequential for congressional leadership who, if they do their job well, are bestowed little of the credit for successes yet shoulder much of the blame for shortcomings,” McConnell’s political adviser told the Hill.
“Congressional leadership isn’t about being popular, it’s about not being afraid to wear the blame for the often thankless job of making a positive difference,” he added.