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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has moved into rare political space, reaching an approval rating higher than typical for a top party congressional leader and challenging former President Donald Trump’s approval among Republicans.
With a 52% favorability overall and 71% among Republicans, McCarthy has erased whatever it was that some House conservatives didn’t like about him during the drawn-out, four-day, 15-ballot speaker election controversy in January.
By contrast, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s overall favorable rating is 31% to 60% who view him unfavorably, and Rasmussen said just 32% of Republicans view him somewhat or very favorably.
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