CJR Staff
July 31, 2023

Kevin McCarthy Most Well-Liked Congressional Leader

Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, has the highest favorability rating of any other Congressional leader.

A Rasmussen Reports poll revealed the House Speaker's lead is stronger than any other leader in Congress.

"The poll, taken on July 12 and 16-17, shows that 42 percent of likely voters sampled have a 'favorable' view of McCarthy," reports Breitbart, "while 41 percent have a negative view, giving him a net rating of +1 percent. Another 17 percent are unsure of how they perceive him."

McCarthy WINS

McCarthy's counterpart on the Democrat side, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, has a -1 net favorability rating, according to the poll.

Jeffries is liked by 34 percent of respondents, however, 35 percent find him unfavorable. 31 percent are unsure how they feel about Jeffries.

Jeffries succeeded Representative Nancy Pelosi of California as the party's leader in the lower chamber.

Thins aren't looking so great for the Democrat Party. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's favorability rating is also deep underwater.

64 percent of respondents view McConnell unfavorable, and just a small 26 percent view McConnell favorably. Only six percent of respondents view him as "very favorable." 10 percent of respondents in the poll are neutral.

"The poll comes as McCarthy enjoyed a successful second fundraising quarter, outraising Jeffries $21 million to $6 million, despite the Democrat’s team’s initial claim to Punch Bowl News that Jeffries hauled $29 million," Breitbart reports.

"Jeffries’s team had included funds raised at Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee events he attended and McCarthy did not include National Republican Congressional Committee funds raised at events he attended in his totals," Breitbart reported. "If he had included those funds, his team told the Washington Free Beacon, another $14.7 million would have been counted towards his totals, bringing the figure up to $36 million to best Jeffries’s $29 million. The Beacon first reported on the discrepancy between the initial report and Federal Election Commission records."

McCarthy and the NRCC’s combined total for the second quarter equaled $47 million while Jeffries and the DCCC’s total reaches only $35 million.

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