Drum roll please. . . . . . . .The new Morning Consult poll is in and it has rated the popularity (or unpopularity) of each senator in the United States. Let’s do the bad news first, the three least popular senators in America are: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) with a 40% disapproval rating; John McCain (R-Ariz.) with a 43% disapproval rating; and the least popular senator in America is Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with a 47% disapproval rating. Now, the good news, the three most popular senators in America are: coming in at number 3 is John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) with a 69% approval rating; the number 2 senator is Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with a 70% approval rating; and the number 1 most liked senator in America is. . .Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with a whopping 75% approval rating! The Morning Consult surveyed 85,000 people in each state between January and March.
So how does Bernie do it? Many think that if the DNC had no sabotage the primary, he could have been president. Sanders traveled the country rallying people to his cause. Now, the head of the DNC is even going on a tour to rally Democrats to oppose Trump. Sander’s popularity continues to increase since the election. Although the two men consider themselves “populists” and “anti-establishment,” they could not be more different. Some have said that Sanders is “authentically populist,” while Trump garnered the “populist” vote mostly because Hillary was seen as personifying the “establishment.”
Trump and Sanders have different backgrounds, their ideologies are different, and their agendas are vastly different. But when considering American popularity, although the factors mentioned above may be substantial, you can’t underestimate the power of personality in American politics. People like Bernie’s personality and many people don’t like Trump’s.
We would love to see your thoughts on the vast difference in popularity between Sanders and Trump. Why do you think Trump has such a low approval rating? Why do you think Sanders is so high? How much of these statistics have to do with ideology and agenda? How much does personality weigh in these ratings?