A recent poll commissioned by Newsweek and carried out by Redfield & Wilton Strategies has revealed that a large portion of eligible voters believe it is time for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign.
The survey, conducted from August 5th to 6th, reported that 64% of respondents agreed McConnell should step down and 39% “strongly agreed”.
In contrast, only 3% “strongly disagreed” with the suggestion he should go while 5% simply “disagreed” and 21% neither agreed nor disagreed.
The poll also found widespread skepticism over whether or not McConnell is capable of performing his duties on Capitol Hill.
Additionally, 71% of those who voted for Trump in 2020 want him gone compared with 64% of people who voted for Biden.
This is a strong indication that even amongst members of his own party, there is little desire to see McConnell remain in power.
An alarming 42% of respondents expressed “very high” levels of concern in response to a recent incident involving the 81-year-old Republican leader, while 23% indicated they were “fairly concerned,” 18% admitted to being “slightly concerned,” and only 9% said that they are “not at all concerned.”
Odd moment: McConnell freezes at start of Senate GOP leadership press conference and is escorted to the side by his colleagues pic.twitter.com/hT5bLnstOS
— Raquel Martin (@RaquelMartinTV) July 26, 2023
Some observers have speculated that McConnell’s difficulty in speaking may have been linked to a fall he suffered earlier this year.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was hospitalized last night after a fall, according to his spokesperson. https://t.co/nClmw57GNU
— POLITICO (@politico) March 9, 2023
Amidst calls for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down, some Democratic lawmakers have also called for the resignation of California Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, tweeted that it is time for Sen. Feinstein to resign and put the country before personal loyalty.
It’s time for @SenFeinstein to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty. While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties. Not speaking out undermines our credibility as elected representatives of the people.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) April 12, 2023