Most voters believe Republicans need new leadership in Congress after midterms, a survey by the Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group found.
The poll, conducted about a week after the midterm elections, in which Republicans took back the House and Democrats retained the Senate, asked: “After the results of the 2022 midterm elections, do you think Republicans need new leadership in Congress? to have?”
Most, 71.6 percent, said yes, new leadership is needed. Another 19.1 percent remain unsure, and 9.3 percent don’t believe new GOP leadership is needed.
While most Democrats, predictably, believe the GOP needs new leadership, nearly three-quarters of Republicans (73.4 percent) and independents (73.4 percent) agree.
The survey was conducted November 16-20, 2022 of 1,084 likely general election voters and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. It follows that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wins reelection as Senate GOP leader despite ten defectors supporting Florida Senator Rick Scott (R-FL). Former President Donald Trump is among those who have publicly stated that Scott would be “much better” than McConnell as leader.
“Well, I think he’s under a lot of pressure,” Trump said told Glen Beck. “He is… his wife is a big person for Chinese investment, and his family and him in China. I don’t think that’s appropriate. No, I think Rick Scott would be much better than McConnell.”
“Now I’m not a McConnell fan and I’m a Rick Scott fan, and you have others out there that would be really good,” he added.
All in all 37 voted for McConnell, and ten voted against. As Breitbart News reported, “The votes against McConnell are the first time he has received a ‘no’ vote as leader, a sign that the Republican Party has begun to turn against its established agenda.
However, McConnell claimed that he was “in no way offended” by having an opponent or facing opposition.
Meanwhile, House Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Rep. Kevin McCarty (R-CA) taking over as leader, giving him a Speaker vote in January where he needs 218 votes.
“Next year, Republicans will begin each day of Congress with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. No exceptions,” McCarthy stated in a viral post Monday: