It looks like Republican voters are ready to clean house when it comes to the party’s top two congressional leaders.
Following John Boehner’s sudden decision to step down as speaker of the House of Representatives, 46% of Likely Republican Voters think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also should resign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of GOP voters don’t think the longtime Kentucky senator should step down as majority leader, but a sizable 32% are undecided. (To see survey question wording,click here.)
As with Boehner, Democrats are more opposed to McConnell’s resignation than voters in his own party are. Only 14% of Republicans think Boehner’s resignation is bad for the congressional GOP.
Many of those in Congress who have been critical of Boehner also don’t feel McConnell has been aggressive enough in his dealings with President Obama and Democrats in the Senate. The vice chairman of the Republican National Committee has called on McConnell to resign from his post.