Poll: Sanders Remains America's 'Most Popular Senator'

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New polling indicates that Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont remains the most popular senator in America. Sanders has topped the quarterly survey throughout 2017.

On Oct. 31, the third quarterly survey results of Morning Consult's Senator Approval Ranking found that Sanders topped the list of 100 senators, with 71 percent of Vermont voters approving his job performance and only 22 percent disapproving.

Rounding out the top five was Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, GOP Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Susan Collins of Maine and Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was at the bottom of the list with 33 percent of Kentucky voters approving of his job performance and 55 percent disapproving.

The remaining four senators joining the dubious bottom five were GOP Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

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On Oct. 24, Flake announced he would not seek re-election after his term expires in 2018 and blasted President Donald Trump on the Senate floor. A GOP strategist told Politico "There wasn't a Republican or a Democrat you could put next to [Flake] on the ballot who he wouldn't lose to."

Menendez is currently facing a federal lawsuit for alleged bribery. He has pleaded not guilty and rested his defense on Oct. 30, according to CNN.

The survey found that the average senator approval had dropped from 52 percent in the first quarter of 2017 to 47 percent.

Sanders has been considered a potential contender in the 2020 Democratic primary. On Oct. 18, a New Hampshire poll found that Sanders would be a front-runner in the state, which is considered a crucial state in presidential primary races, according to The Washington Post.

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Of Democratic voters in New Hampshire, 31 percent said they would vote for Sanders while 24 percent supported former Vice President Joe Biden. Among Democrats, 13 percent said they would cast a ballot for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts if she chose to run.

On Oct. 31, a Public Policy Polling survey found that Sanders would lead Trump by 15 percentage points in a hypothetical 2020 matchup, while Biden would lead the incumbent president by 18 points, according to the Washington Examiner.

On Oct. 30, former Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio stated during a speaking event at the Harvard University Institute of Politics that he believed Sanders would have defeated Trump had he been the Democratic nominee in 2016, The Hill reports.

"I think Sanders beats Trump," Fabrizio said. "I think Sanders would have had the ability to reach a lot of the less than college-educated, low-income white voters."

Sources: CNN, The HillMorning Consult, Politico, Washington ExaminerThe Washington Post / Feature Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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