McCaskill’s Approval Rating Down 5 Points Since July

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2017 @11:45am
McCaskill’s Approval Rating Down 5 Points Since July

Morning Consult’s quarterly poll gauging support for vulnerable U.S. senators shows Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in trouble. McCaskill, who is running for reelection in 2018, dropped 5 percentage points since Morning Consult’s last poll in July. The two-term senator now stands at just a 3-point net approval rating: But in Missouri, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill […]

Morning Consult’s quarterly poll gauging support for vulnerable U.S. senators shows Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in trouble.

McCaskill, who is running for reelection in 2018, dropped 5 percentage points since Morning Consult’s last poll in July. The two-term senator now stands at just a 3-point net approval rating:

But in Missouri, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill is edging closer to an underwater approval rating. Forty-two percent of voters there approve of McCaskill, while 39 percent disapprove, with a 1-point margin of error. The shift moved her net approval rating down 5 percentage points in the third quarter from the second quarter.

Adrianne Marsh, a Democratic consultant who led McCaskill’s 2012 re-election campaign, said in an Oct. 19 phone interview that the vulnerable Democratic senators have already faced attacks on television, which could be chipping away at their approval rankings.

McCaskill is one of Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents. She represents a state that Donald Trump won by 19 percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. McCaskill is the state’s only statewide elected official from the Democratic Party.

Republicans have capitalized on a series of gaffes and misstatements McCaskill has made in recent months, some of which have been made into political ads.

A recent GOP poll showed McCaskill trailing Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, 45-48. Hawley just announced his intentions to challenge McCaskill earlier this month.

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