The following is from Gallup News.
- Justice Roberts tops U.S. officials in job approval ranking, at 48%
- House Leader Jeffries and Secretary of State Blinken score nearly as high
- Roberts’ and Fed Chair Powell’s ratings down the most since 2021
As Congress and the Supreme Court return from holiday break, none of the leading elected or appointed figures of the U.S. federal government receives majority approval from Americans.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts fares best, with 48% approving of his job performance, while House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries is a close second, at 46%.
On the other hand, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has no competition for the distinction of being the least well-regarded, garnering a 27% job approval rating.
The next lowest is President Joe Biden at 39%.
Six other key officials in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government receive approval ratings of 40% to 45%.
These findings are from a Gallup poll conducted Dec. 1-20. Gallup last measured job approval ratings for top governmental leaders two years ago, in December 2021.
Eight of the leaders measured today were on the 2021 list in their current positions, while Jeffries and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson are relatively new to their congressional leadership roles, appearing on the list for the first time this year.
Roberts, Powell Have Lost Most Support Since 2021
Although Roberts currently fares relatively well compared with his federal government peers, he has suffered the steepest decline in approval since December 2021 of the eight leaders measured in both surveys. In that earlier poll, taken six months before the high court overturned Roe v. Wade, 60% of Americans approved of the chief justice’s job performance.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is the only other leader measured in the new poll whose approval rating has fallen by double digits since December 2021. The decline in Powell’s approval from 53% to 43% likely reflects Americans’ holding him at least partially responsible for elevated inflation in recent years, which reached a 40-year high in 2022.
McConnell’s 27% approval rating is down from 34% two years ago. However, it is not the lowest Gallup has ever recorded for a congressional leader. While Gallup hasn’t tracked approval for every congressional leader, at least one, Newt Gingrich, garnered a lower rating — 25% — in 1997, when he was serving as House speaker.
The approval ratings of other key federal government leaders — Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland — have also dipped modestly since 2021, each down by three to five points. (Continued…)
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