Poll: Trump wants McConnell gone but GOP voters don't mind him anymore

According to the latest Morning Consult/Politico survey, 43 percent of Republican voters hold favorable views of McConnell, up 13 percentage points from a low reached in February after Trump called McConnell a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack” for his condemnation of the 45th president’s behavior surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Monthly averages of weekly surveys conducted since Jan. 6 show that since May, McConnell’s net favorability (the share with favorable views minus the share with unfavorable views) has remained above water as Trump’s attacks became less salient and positive sentiment about President Joe Biden and the Democrats declined nationwide.

By that metric, the Kentuckian is just slightly less popular among Republicans than House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has tied himself much more closely to the former president since his own post-Jan. 6 critique. It leaves little incentive for Senate Republicans to humor Trump’s efforts to depose their longtime leader, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, especially as McConnell continues to stall the Democratic agenda on Capitol Hill.