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Poll: Pat Roberts still unpopular with Kansans, while Roy Blunt shows strength in Missouri

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. The Kansas City Star

Two years ago Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas was fighting for his political life in a re-election race against an independent candidate, Greg Orman.

Roberts won that race. But he remains deeply unpopular with Kansans, according to a new poll.

Morning Consult surveyed voters in every state and found Roberts, a Republican, is the second most unpopular senator in the nation. Forty-three percent of those surveyed disapprove of the senator, while just 40 percent approve of his performance.

Only Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, does worse. Sen. Harry Reid’s disapproval rating matches Roberts’, but more Nevadans approve of Reid.

The nation’s most popular senator? Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, with 87 percent approval.

Sen. Claire McCaskill has a 38 percent disapproval number, while 46 percent approve of her work, according to the survey. McCaskill is a Democrat.

Sen. Roy Blunt, now locked in a re-election fight with Jason Kander, is 46 percent approve, 32 percent disapprove, a healthy showing. Blunt is a Republican.

Here are the net results in approve-disapprove margin:

Roberts: -3 percent; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.): +6 percent; McCaskill: +8 percent; Blunt: +14 percent.

Morning Consult said it conducted an online poll, questioning almost 72,000 voters nationwide.