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New Poll Finds McCaskill the Least Popular Endangered U.S. Senator, By Far

Whether you're measuring by approval, disapproval, or net approval, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the nation's least popular endangered incumbent senator.

By NTK Staff | 09.11.2018 @1:00pm
New Poll Finds McCaskill the Least Popular Endangered U.S. Senator, By Far

Morning Consult is updating its “Midterm Wave Watcher” polls on a monthly basis, and NTK Network already pointed out yesterday that three Democratic U.S. senators saw their net approval ratings slip from July to August.

The poll bears particularly bad news for one of those three senators, though: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), arguably the most endangered incumbent U.S. senator in this election cycle.

Here are a few data points that should worry McCaskill:

  • As of the end of August, McCaskill is tied with another senator, Dean Heller (R-NV), for the lowest approval rating among 10 vulnerable incumbents up for reelection. Her approval rating? A measly 38 percent. The next-lowest senators are Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), at 40 percent each.
  • McCaskill has the highest disapproval rating of the 10 U.S. senators, at 46 percent. The senators with the next-highest disapproval ratings are Heller and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), at 42 percent each.
  • McCaskill has the lowest net approval rating, at -8 points. The only other senator who’s underwater is Heller at -4 points. The next-worse Democratic senator is Nelson, whose net approval is +1 point.

It’s clear that McCaskill is the least popular Democratic senator up for reelection this year, and this measure was taken before all the post-Labor Day ads kick in.

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