McCaskill One of Top Five Most Unpopular Senators in Country

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

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Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D., Mo.) net approval rating has continued to decline, resulting in the Missouri senator having one of the top five highest disapproval ratings in the nation, according to new polling data.

After falling almost 10 points last year, McCaskill's net approval rating has decreased by an additional 5 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to polling data from Morning Consult.

The data, produced quarterly for each U.S. senator, shows at the beginning of 2017, McCaskill was viewed positively by 47 percent of her constituents and was viewed negatively by 39 percent. By the end of the year, her approval rating had fallen to 41 percent and her disapproval rating increased to 41 percent, marking a net approval drop of 8 percent.

Between January and April of 2018, McCaskill's approval rating fell to 39 percent and her disapproval rating rose to 44 percent. This 5 percent net approval drop puts her at the same disapproval rating as Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.). Sens. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), and John McCain (R., Ariz.) all have higher disapproval ratings.

While McCaskill and Manchin have the same disapproval rating, the West Virginia senator has a 43 percent approval rating, four points higher than McCaskill's, causing the fourth spot on Morning Consult's "Bottom 10 Senators" list to go to MCaskill and the fifth, to Manchin. The West Virginia senator's net approval rating fell by 17 percent, the largest drop for any senator.

Graham Piro

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Graham is an intern at the Free Beacon. He attends Georgetown University, and will graduate in May 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @graham_piro or reach him at

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