A new survey reveals some bad news for Republican U.S. senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Jerry Moran of Kansas — but good news for possible Democratic rivals in 2016.
A Morning Consult survey of all 50 states shows that the four senators from both states have some of the lowest approval ratings in the nation. (Last week, a similar Morning Consult survey showed that Kansas’ Sam Brownback had the lowest approval rating of U.S. governors.)
Here’s the rundown of the new Senate survey, which showed none of the four had approval ratings of above 50 percent:
▪ Moran had the 6th lowest approval rating at 40 percent.
In Kansas, the rock-solid red state should be an easy win for Moran, though it appears he may carry some political baggage with this low approval rating. Recent stories indicate he would defeat a few challengers, including Milton Wolf.
▪ Pat Roberts, another Kansas Republican, was right behind Moran, tied with the 7th lowest approval rating of 41 percent. Roberts doesn’t have to worry about his low rating; he won re-election last fall.
▪ Blunt was tied for the 17th lowest approval rating of 45 percent.
The biggest political takeaway from this result: It gives Democrat Jason Kander even more reasons to think he has a decent shot at defeating Blunt in the 2016 general election.
Already, a recent poll showed the incumbent Blunt without a decent sized lead over the challenger.
▪ Claire McCaskill, the lone Democrat, was tied for the 28th lowest rating at 48 percent. McCaskill isn’t up for re-election until 2018.
By contrast, independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont had the highest approval rating at 83 percent, followed by Republican Susan Collins of Maine at 78 percent.