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Political Intelligence | Q2 2019
Morning Consult's Senator Approval Rankings

On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on their senators. Each quarter, we’ll update this page with the latest survey data, providing an in-depth look at how all 100 U.S. senators stand with voters in their state.

 

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The 10 Most Popular and Unpopular Senators
The most popular and unpopular senators are determined by total approval and total disapproval, with net approval (approval minus disapproval) serving as the tiebreaker.
1
Angus
King
(I - ME)
 62%  28%
2
Bernie
Sanders
(I - VT)
 62%  32%
3
Patrick
Leahy
(D - VT)
 61%  24%
4
John
Hoeven
(R - ND)
 57%  22%
5
John
Barrasso
(R - WY)
 57%  26%
6
Amy
Klobuchar
(D - MN)
 56%  30%
7
Michael
Enzi
(R - WY)
 54%  25%
8
John
Thune
(R - SD)
 54%  32%
9
Jeanne
Shaheen
(D - NH)
 54%  34%
10
Ed
Markey
(D - MA)
 53%  23%

Senator Lookup

Search for a senator to view how their approval has shifted over time, as well as their net approval with each party’s voters. Historical data extends back as far as Morning Consult has tracked for each senator and is not displayed for those senators in their first term.

Each senator is assigned a rank (1-100) to contextualize their approval. The rank is in order of total approval, with net approval serving as a tie-breaker.

Net approval:
All voters
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Rank
Approval over time:
Approval Disapproval
This is the first quarter of their first term. Check back next quarter for trend data.

Sortable Table

Use the tabs to filter different groupings, and use the dropdown to sort the list.

Approve
Don't Know
Disapprove
  • Angus King (I-ME)
    62% 10% 28%
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
    62% 6% 32%
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
    61% 15% 24%
  • John Barrasso (R-WY)
    57% 18% 26%
  • John Hoeven (R-ND)
    57% 21% 22%
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
    56% 14% 30%
  • Michael Enzi (R-WY)
    54% 21% 25%
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
    54% 12% 34%
  • John Thune (R-SD)
    54% 14% 32%
  • Ed Markey (D-MA)
    53% 25% 23%
  • Mitt Romney (R-UT)
    53% 16% 32%
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD)
    53% 17% 30%
  • Chris Coons (D-DE)
    52% 19% 29%
  • Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
    52% 16% 33%
  • Brian Schatz (D-HI)
    52% 24% 24%
  • Tim Scott (R-SC)
    52% 27% 21%
  • Jack Reed (D-RI)
    51% 21% 28%
  • Ben Cardin (D-MD)
    50% 28% 22%
  • Thomas Carper (D-DE)
    50% 21% 29%
  • Steve Daines (R-MT)
    50% 22% 29%
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    50% 17% 33%
  • John Boozman (R-AR)
    49% 26% 25%
  • Michael Crapo (R-ID)
    49% 22% 29%
  • Chris Murphy (D-CT)
    49% 18% 34%
  • Ben Sasse (R-NE)
    49% 20% 32%
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
    49% 11% 41%
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
    48% 17% 35%
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    48% 24% 28%
  • Tom Cotton (R-AR)
    48% 21% 31%
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    48% 16% 36%
  • Mike Lee (R-UT)
    48% 23% 30%
  • David Perdue (R-GA)
    48% 26% 26%
  • Mark Warner (D-VA)
    48% 22% 30%
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
    48% 18% 34%
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
    48% 25% 27%
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
    47% 16% 37%
  • Cory Booker (D-NJ)
    47% 19% 34%
  • Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
    47% 19% 34%
  • John Kennedy (R-LA)
    47% 28% 25%
  • Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
    47% 18% 35%
  • Jon Tester (D-MT)
    47% 14% 40%
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
    46% 21% 34%
  • Shelley Capito (R-WV)
    46% 22% 32%
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE)
    46% 16% 38%
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
    46% 20% 34%
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
    46% 24% 30%
  • James Risch (R-ID)
    46% 27% 28%
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL)
    46% 20% 34%
  • Rick Scott (R-FL)
    46% 18% 36%
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
    46% 25% 29%
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
    46% 24% 30%
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
    46% 33% 21%
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
    45% 25% 30%
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
    45% 29% 26%
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
    45% 7% 48%
  • Joe Manchin (D-WV)
    45% 13% 42%
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
    45% 27% 28%
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
    45% 21% 34%
  • Bob Casey (D-PA)
    44% 26% 30%
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
    44% 17% 39%
  • Kamala Harris (D-CA)
    44% 25% 31%
  • James Inhofe (R-OK)
    44% 28% 28%
  • Tim Kaine (D-VA)
    44% 21% 35%
  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
    44% 27% 29%
  • Tom Udall (D-NM)
    44% 23% 33%
  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
    43% 26% 32%
  • John Cornyn (R-TX)
    43% 32% 25%
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    43% 21% 36%
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
    43% 26% 31%
  • James Lankford (R-OK)
    43% 31% 27%
  • Tina Smith (D-MN)
    43% 30% 27%
  • Roger Wicker (R-MS)
    43% 26% 32%
  • Mike Braun (R-IN)
    42% 31% 27%
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
    42% 26% 32%
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA)
    42% 21% 38%
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
    42% 23% 36%
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
    42% 23% 35%
  • John Isakson (R-GA)
    42% 33% 25%
  • Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV)
    41% 28% 32%
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI)
    41% 27% 32%
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    41% 19% 40%
  • Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    40% 26% 35%
  • Josh Hawley (R-MO)
    40% 28% 32%
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
    40% 24% 37%
  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
    40% 21% 39%
  • Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
    40% 28% 33%
  • Todd Young (R-IN)
    40% 35% 25%
  • Michael Bennet (D-CO)
    39% 29% 32%
  • Doug Jones (D-AL)
    39% 24% 37%
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS)
    39% 32% 29%
  • Rob Portman (R-OH)
    39% 30% 32%
  • Pat Toomey (R-PA)
    39% 26% 35%
  • Richard Burr (R-NC)
    38% 30% 32%
  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    37% 24% 39%
  • Cory Gardner (R-CO)
    37% 26% 37%
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    37% 28% 35%
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    36% 14% 50%
  • Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
    34% 24% 42%
  • Gary Peters (D-MI)
    34% 40% 27%
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC)
    33% 32% 35%
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Insights
A deeper look at some of the trends behind the data.

Note: This section may contain more recent data than what is incorporated in the latest quarterly rankings.
Posted: 07/17/2019
Susan Collins Continues to Lose Support in Maine

 

Susan Collins is facing re-election next year, and views on her job performance have dimmed significantly over the first half of 2019. Forty-eight percent of Maine voters disapproved of Collins in the second quarter, compared with 45 percent who approved — a net slide of 16 percentage points from earlier in the year.

Net approval by party:
All Maine voters -4
Republicans +27
Democrats -40
Independents -2

 

Sixty-seven percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents — a critical voting bloc in the state — disapproved of her job performance. Among Republicans, 61 percent approve of her and 34 percent disapprove.

Posted: 07/18/2019
John Hoeven and John Thune are The Only Senator Running Ahead of Trump with Republicans in Their State

Of the 53 sitting GOP senators, just two – John Hoeven and John Thune – are more popular with Republicans in their state than President Trump. On average, GOP senators are running 26 points behind Trump.

 

Here are the five senators who perform best with Republicans in their state, relative to Trump:

Difference in net approval from Trump
John Hoeven +9.1
John Thune +1.1
Mike Lee -1.4
Kevin Cramer -5.5
Ted Cruz -6

The GOP senators who have the lowest approval with home state Republicans relative to Trump are: Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, Cory Gardner, and Pat Toomey.

Posted: 07/17/2019
Republican Voters Have a Less Positive View of Female Senators

Whether evaluating senators of their own party or the opposite party, Republican voters tend to be more critical of women than men. 

 

The average net approval for female Republican senators is 11 points lower than for their male counterparts.

Average net approval among GOP voters
Female Democratic Senators -43
Male Democrats -35
Female Republicans +40
Male Republicans +51

This trend doesn’t hold in the opposite direction – Democratic voters have a more favorable view of Democratic female senators than male ones, and only a slightly more negative view of female Republicans than male ones. 

Posted: 07/17/2019
Quieter on Trump, Ben Sasse’s Approval Rises Among Republicans

Ben Sasse, who was once one of the president’s more outspoken conservative critics, has recently opted to hold back on publicly chiding Trump, a trend his home-state voters appear to have noted. 

 

Over the last two quarters, Sasse’s net approval with Nebraska Republicans has risen 14 points. Among Democrats, his net approval has dropped by 9 points. 

Net Approval Among Republicans
Q4 2018 +41
Q1 2019 +51
Q2 2019 +55

Trump is hugely popular with Nebraska Republicans – his +77 net approval is the 10th highest level of GOP support for any state. He’s also deeply unpopular with Democrats – his -82 net approval is the 11th lowest level of Democratic support for any state. 

Methodology

About Morning Consult Political Intelligence

On a daily basis, Morning Consult surveys over 5,000 registered voters across the United States. Along with approval ratings for senators, Political Intelligence tracks the 2020 election as well as the approval ratings for all governors, House members, the president and more at the national, state and congressional district level. Each week, we will release a report with the most important findings on the 2020 election. Sign-up to receive that report in your inbox here.

Results from the most recent update

Morning Consult conducted 487,624 surveys with registered U.S. voters from April 1 through June 30, 2019 to determine the Q2 2019 Senator Rankings.

The margins of error vary by state and party. You can see the margin of error for each senator here.

In each poll, Americans indicated whether they approve or disapprove of the job performance of their U.S. senators. For each question, they could answer strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, strongly disapprove, or don’t know / no opinion.

Morning Consult obtained an up-to-date list of senators from Sunlight Foundation’s Congress API v3 and Open States API. Survey respondents were assigned to their appropriate senators based on their state of residence.

Morning Consult obtained population parameters for registered voters from the November 2012 Current Population Survey. We applied post-stratification weights based on gender, age, educational attainment and race.

How are senators determined to be vulnerable?

Senators marked as vulnerable are up for reelection in 2020 and occupy a seat that is not considered safe by at least one of the following outlets: Cook Political Report, Inside Elections or Sabato’s Crystal Ball.