RALEIGH – Recent polling by the Civitas Institute indicated that quite a few people in North Carolina either don’t approve of Sen. Thom Tillis, or don’t know who he is. Now, another poll by The Morning Consult that gauged the popularity of all 100 senators from the 50 states is placing Tillis near the bottom of the pack again.
At 38 percent approval, Tillis is the third least popular Republican senator on Capitol Hill, fifth least popular when including Democrats. Further, almost a third of respondents did not even know who Tillis was after almost three years in office and having formerly led the N.C. General Assembly as Speaker.
Only Senate Majority Leader and figurehead of the D.C. Establishment Mitch McConnell and the whiny, retiring after one term Arizona Senator Jeff Flake rank below Tillis on the Red side of the aisle.
The Democrats that fair worse than Tillis are New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, who is currently on trial for corruption; Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan; and, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.
Durbin and Tillis have actually “reached across the aisle” toward each other in drafting amnesty legislation for DACA recipients, so maybe focusing on bipartisanship doesn’t necessarily translate to popularity.
Indeed, those that top the list seem to be senators that consistently offer a passionate defense of principles, though the principles themselves are nothing to approve of in some cases.
Case in point: Raging Socialist Democrat Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, both of Vermont, top the list in approval ratings. People must believe they stand up for the ideas offered on the campaign trail. Whether or not those ideas are completely void of reason is another matter altogether.
Our other senator from the Old North State, Richard Burr, does a little better than Tillis in the approval column, pulling in 42 percent. Still, more than a quarter of respondents have no opinion of Burr is after 13 years in congress and important committee chairmanships.
While both Tillis and Burr are above water in the approval/disapproval ratio, it may be that keeping a low profile by sinking into the Swamp aids them here. Both senators have huge chunks of their constituency that don’t know who they are. If they did, the ‘Disapprove’ numbers would likely tally up quickly.
Read the rest of the poll ranking here.