Poll: Time for new GOP leadership in congress

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Sorry, Kevin. An overwhelming number of American voters believe Republicans need new leadership in congress, according to a new poll  by Convention of States Action.

The poll, conducted for Convention of States by national pollster The Trafalgar Group, finds nearly 72 percent of more than 1,000 likely general election voters surveyed say it’s time for a change in congressional GOP leadership. Just 9.3 percent surveyed said they’re good with the status quo, while 19 percent were not sure.

“Even before the election our polling showed voters supported Republican policies but doubted Republican leadership, and now, after the underperformance of Republican candidates in the midterms, that doubt appears to have deepened,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States.

“As Rep. Kevin McCarthy prepares to assume the role of Speaker of the House; it is very clear that voters, especially Republicans and Independents, want to see more assertive leadership from the GOP than the stereotypical, sub-par behavior that has been the norm for several cycles.”

The poll, conducted Nov. 16-20, shows:

  • 4 percent of Independent voters think Republicans need new leadership in Congress as a result of the 2022 midterm elections.
  • 4 percent of Republican voters think Republicans need new leadership in Congress
  • 5 percent of Democrat voters think Republicans need new leadership

McCarthy has furiously attempted to tighten ranks in his caucus in preparation for a Speaker vote in January. Republicans will retake the House, but by the narrowest of margins in what was a promised “red wave” year. That has plenty of conservatives feeling crankier than ever about leadership.

As Politico reported Tuesday, McCarthy faces another Freedom Caucus defector in Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), who put the House GOP Leader on notice that he would not be supporting his bid for Speaker.

“Norman is the fifth GOP lawmaker to state their opposition to picking McCarthy as speaker — a number that could torpedo the vote given Republicans’ slim margin. He joins Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Matt Gaetz (Fla.) in opposing McCarthy under any circumstances, while Matt Rosendale (Mont.) and Bob Good (Va.) have expressed strong opposition but left themselves some wiggle room,” the publication noted.

If the current margins hold, Republicans will have just a four-seat majority in the House come the new term.

“McCarthy is going to be Speaker, but he’s really going to have to step up his performance if he wants to garner the trust and support of the American people, especially independents and Republicans who poll identically on this issue,” Meckler said.

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 23, 2022

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