John McCain's the Least-Popular Senator in the Country, Poll Finds

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No U.S. Senator gets worse reviews from his constituents than Senator John McCain, according to poll results.

About 30 percent of the Arizonans polled by Public Policy Polling said they approve of McCain's job performance, whereas 54 percent said they disapprove.

Republicans, Democrats, and independents agreed on this one -- more then 50 percent from each affiliation said they disapprove of McCain's performance. That's not particularly surprising, since the state Republican Party formally "censured" McCain earlier this year.

Arizona's no stranger to having the least-popular senator in the country.

Around this time last year, Public Policy Polling released a poll that named Senator Jeff Flake the most unpopular senator in the country.

Flake's net approval rating then was -19, whereas he's now at -20, and McCain's at -24.

McCain's not up for re-election until 2016, but PPP asked voters a few questions about hypothetical match-ups for that race.

"George McGovern lost his Senate seat 8 years after losing his Presidential bid and McCain could suffer a similar fate," PPP president Dean Debnam says explains in the poll release.

Although about 20 to 25 percent of the people stayed undecided on the hypothetical senate match-ups with McCain, the pollsters found that Richard Carmona, the 2012 runner-up to Flake, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, would be ahead of McCain.

The other hypothetical senate candidate they tested against McCain didn't do so well. Former Arizona Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano came behind McCain, 44 percent to 36 percent.

According to McCain spokesman Brian Rodgers, "This poll was conducted by a firm with well-known ties to the Democratic Party. Its results are strongly contradicted by recent public and private polling, and Senator McCain is confident that he's earned the respect and confidence of the people of Arizona."

(See Exhibit A and Exhibit B on PPP's recent polling accuracy.)

Some other findings from the poll:

  • Hillary Clinton was tied or ahead of Republicans in Arizona in five hypothetical match-ups for the 2016 presidential race.

  • Raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour was supported by 53 percent of people.

  • Forty-four percent of people said they still support SB 1070, compared to 36 percent who oppose it.

  • A solid majority (67 percent) support the state's medical-marijuana program.

  • Marijuana legalization is within the margin of error -- 46 percent support it, and 48 percent oppose it.

  • Half of Arizonans say the Diamondbacks are their favorite MLB team.

  • Thirty-four percent of people say they're ASU fans, and 31 percent say they're UA fans.

Click here to see the complete poll results.

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John McCain is a war hero. It does not make him a man of substance. Over the years he has become a tele-pundit on Sunday TV talk shows with two objectives: Bash fellow Republicans, promote a war in any region of the world. He is a war-monger, knows no war that United States should not get involved with. He is always ready to form/join a gang of 5,6 or 7,, just to defeat the Republican side. He bad-mouths and labels today's principled conservatives as Wacko birds. No majority Repubs, Dems, or Ind can support such a shallow man.

valleynative topcommenter

Of course, the poll doesn't really show him to be the "least popular Senator in the country", since it doesn't factor in the number of people he represents or allow for the opinions of people outside of Arizona.

What it does show is that, within Arizona, a lot of Democrats don't like Republican Senators, and a lot of Republicans base their opinions on the headlines they read, neither of which is surprising.


Yet even with all of his character faults McStain is still way back in second place for poster child for the desperate need of two term limits on ALL Politicians, right Arpaio?!

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Well, John, you demonstrated your fecklessness during that speech in the Senate chamber the other day. It was shamelessly partisan, stupid and made no sense whatsoever. It's no wonder that you get dissed all the time by members of your own party. Now do everyone a favor and DO NOT run for re-election in 2016. You don't want to leave office with everyone thinking of you as an old fool. Unlike Ronnie who was an amiable old fool.


John McCain is a despicable human being that has a total disregard for human life. McCain is against healthcare, and the jobless, Has a sickness for wars and the human suffering and bloodshed that goes along with McCain's wars. 


Hopefully we can defeat our hypocritical, embarrassing  lying, warmongering, SR.Senator John McCain in his reelection if he should decide to run! This pole isn't one bit surprising, John McCain is anti people lets look, McCain is anti women, gays, veterans, all minorities, all people of color, sick, weak, elderly, job bills, unemployed, disadvantage, needy, poor, working poor and middle class. What McCain is for beside "his wars and bombings" of course are tax breaks for the extreme super wealthy, large corporations even those who ship their jobs overseas. McCain wants his tax cuts and wars to be paid for by the very people that are in need. Our John McCain is the world's leading warmonger that has called for at least13 wars. It's evident that John McCain is NO foreign affairs or military expert. What's also is quite clear is that since the American people very soundly and overwhelmingly rejected John McCain for the presidency twice, because of his outdated, out of touch, and his closed mindedness. Plus because of McCain's out of control war loving, war thirsty, war hungry, warmongering, war crazy appetite. Since McCain's humiliating and humbling landslide defeats. McCain is so bitter, hateful, jealous, that he's no longer mentally competent to hold the office. McCain is fortunate that he's not indicted himself as a terrorist with his world wide tour tour trying to insight numerous wars and killings.Even McCain's war record has become quite controversial and questionable by conflicting reports.


DonkeyHotay topcommenter

John McShame ... aka "Songbird" to his NVA captors.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@budsan  ... and the crotchety war-mongering scumbag wasn't even Born in the USA ...

... he was born in Panama, before it was even incorporated as US territory.

Hence, he isn't eligible for president since he is NOT a "natural born" citizen.


@budsan  The the above groups of people should unit and run this over the hill warmonger into retirement. He embarrassed AZ long enough. What comes out of McCain's mouth today shows me that he's a dangerous warmongering madman.


@DonkeyHotay  John McNuts is just too "danged" old to serve in the senate.


@DonkeyHotay @budsan I knew that already and felt that he should of been thrown out of the 2000 and 2008 elections. Anyways McCain ultimately got what was coming to him, "he was embarrassed and defeated by a landslide" !  John McCain is going to go down in history along side of Hitler as a world renown warmonger and the biggest sore lose loser in a presidential election. 

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