Republicans are more likely to view Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unfavorably than favorably, a Gallup survey released Thursday finds. For the first time in the five years the survey has been taken, more Republicans (35 percent) view the Kentuckian negatively than positively (30 percent). A year and a half ago, Republicans were twice as likely to view him favorably than unfavorably.
McConnell has become a favorite punching bag for many conservatives who are frustrated in particular with his refusal to further dismantle the filibuster.
The poll was taken among 1,015 adults nationwide via phone interviews between Oct. 7-11, which Gallup notes was before the bipartisan budget deal between the White House and congressional leaders was announced. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.