WASHINGTON — The approval ratings for U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., declined from July to October in the latest Morning Consult poll, though more than 50 percent of West Virginians still approve of Manchin’s performance in office.
Manchin’s approval rating fell from 57 percent in July to 53 percent in October, while his disapproval rating increased from 31 percent to 36 percent during the same three-month period.
Capito’s net rating slipped 18 points between July and October. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., had a similar change during this period, the most significant swings between the polling company’s two most recent senator surveys.
“Since Morning Consult’s last release in July, West Virginians’ approval of Capito has fallen 8 points, from 56 percent to 48 percent, according to the survey,” reporter Eli Yokley said.
“At the same time, her disapproval rose 10 points, from 26 percent to 36 percent.”
The new poll ranked Manchin and Capito as 25th and 58th respectively in terms of approval ratings.
Approval ratings for a majority of senators fell from Morning Consult’s July report. The poll was conducted between July 1 and Sept. 30, a period in which the Senate twice took up health care legislation and failed to pass a bill that would have affected former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The most popular senator reported was Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders with a 71 percent approval rating. The least popular senator was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as 55 percent of Kentuckians polled said they disapproved of his performance in office.
Morning Consult reported a separate survey in which Gov. Jim Justice had a 41 percent approval rating and a 46 percent disapproval rating. His 22-point net change from the July and October polls was the largest net slide in approval ratings from the organization, and put him as the 12th-least popular governor in the United States.
The poll was conducted during the same time as the Senate survey, which includes Justice’s Aug. 3 announcement to leave the Democratic Party and begin serving as a Republican.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was ranked as the country’s least popular governor with an 18 percent approval rating and a 77 percent disapproval rating.