According to a Rasmussen Reports survey, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House Speaker has the highest favorability rating of any member of Congress.
McCarthy has a net approval rating of +1% according to the survey, which was conducted on July 12 and 16–17. It found that 42 percent of probable voters looked to have a “favorable” opinion of him, compared to 41 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. Another 17% are unclear about their perceptions of him.
Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY), a Democrat in the House, has a -1 net favorability rating. Representative Jeffries, who replaced Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the party’s leader in the lower house, is favored by 34% of respondents, while 35% hold a negative opinion of him, and 31% are undecided.
Mitch McConnell, the minority leader in the Senate, has a dismal favorability score. Only 26% of people had a favorable opinion of McConnell, who bizarrely froze during a news conference this week. That just includes 6% of those who describe him as “very favorable.” Only 10% of people do not feel either positively or negatively about him, while 64% say they have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is likewise rated negatively on the opposing side of the aisle. A majority of 52 percent say they have a generally unfavorable impression of him, compared to a positive one held by 37 percent, while another 11 percent are undecided.
For the survey, Rasmussen selected 1,002 probable American voters. The error margin is three percentage points, plus or minus.
Despite the Democrat’s team’s original assertion to Punch Bowl News that Jeffries brought in $29 million, McCarthy experienced a good second quarter fundraising, raising more than Jeffries by $21 million to $6 million.
McCarthy failed to include monies generated at National GOP Congressional Committee functions he attended in his totals, but Jeffries’ team did include funds raised at Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) functions he attended. His staff informed the Washington Free Beacon that if he had disclosed those payments, an additional $14.7 million would ultimately have been added to his totals, bringing the sum to $36 million, surpassing Jeffries’s $29 million. The difference between the initial report and the Federal Election Commission data was first noted by The Beacon.
McCarthy along with the NRCC combined collected $47 million in the second quarter, well above Jeffries and the DCCC’s $35 million total.