Missouri Political Issues

Missouri Political Issues

By Kenneth Warren, Ph.D., Associate Director SLU/YouGov Poll Congressional Approval A classic and somewhat ironic finding by pollsters for decades has been to find citizens ranking the job performance of Congress quite low, but the job performance of their representatives in Congress much higher. In our YouGov poll, we found the same thing. Only 15.5% of Missourians in our poll “approved” (15.3%) or “strongly approved” (.5%) of the job Congress was doing. This finding is consistent with national polling showing low approval ratings for Congress. The latest Real Clear Politics average Congressional approval rating shows Congress at 19.3% with a recent Economist/YouGov poll showing Congress at 16% approval; almost identical to what our SLU/YouGov poll shows. Approval of Senators Hawley and Blunt Expectedly, Missourians did rank their two U.S. Senators much higher, giving U.S. Senator Josh Hawley a 48.4% approval rating (21.2% saying “approve” and 27.2% “strongly approve”). Senator Roy Blunt’s approval ratings were somewhat lower with a 43% approval score (33.6% saying “approve” and 9.4% “strongly approve”). According to Morning Consult’s approval rankings for all U.S. Senators, Hawley and Blunt score in the middle range with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) ranked highest with a 65% approval score and Senator Bob Menendez ranked lowest with a 35% approval rating. McCloskeys We also asked in our SLU/YouGov poll a few questions on matters that have attracted widespread attention in recent months. The St. Louis couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, attracted national attention when they waved and pointed guns at protesters […]

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