Yesterday, I wrote about how the Morning Consult's new 50-state poll offered good news for Democrat John Bel Edwards and other governors whose party affiliations aren't in line with that of their constituents. Turns out many voters, in Louisiana and elsewhere, are just fine with that.
The company also polled the popularity of all 100 Senators, and the results are starkly different. If Americans aren't necessarily inclined to choose partisans are governors, they sure do like sending them to Washington.
The top ten 10 list is populated mostly by Democrats in Democratic states and Republicans in Republican states. Faring best of all were Vermont's Bernie Sanders — technically an independent despite his 2016 Democratic primary run — and Patrick Leahy, the state's other senator. The exceptions were Maine's independent-minded Republican Susan Collins, a key vote against her party's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and her colleague Angus King, an actual independent. But they too clearly channel their state's centrist leanings.
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Those whose approval and disapproval ratings are about equal tend to come from swing states. Republicans Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Dean Heller of Nevada and Cory Gardner of Colorado are examples.
And the least popular have their own distinct stories. They include New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, currently on trial on bribery charges; Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose constituents don't seem too impressed with his leadership post; and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who recently announced his retirement and blasted fellow Republicans for enabling President Donald Trump's bad behavior.
Louisiana's two Republican senators, both freshmen, don't have anything so unique going on.
Both Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy ran campaigns built largely on their partisan leanings. Both have mostly stuck to the party line, with a few exceptions. And that seems OK with the people who elected them.
Cassidy's approval rating in the poll was 47 percent, with 30 percent disapproving. Kennedy's was 50 percent, with 25 percent expressing dissatisfaction. Neither approval rating is particularly impressive, but then, neither disapproval figure suggests any trouble on the horizon.
These days, that's probably about the best a politician can ask for.