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Cochran, Wicker aren’t the worst senators in new poll

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2014.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2014. AP

First, the bad news. Neither of Mississippi's senators are among the top in the nation in the latest Morning Consult approval ratings.

Seven Democrats and three Republicans are the most popular senators in their home states. Democrat Bernie Sanders is No. 1 with 87 percent approval rating in Vermont, followed by Republican Susan Collins with a 69 percent approval in neighboring Maine. Find the rest of the Top 10.

Now, the good news. Neither Roger Wicker or Thad Cochran were on the bottom 10 either.

Can you guess who the most unpopular senators are? Did you guess Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader (51 percent disapproval), and Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader (43 percent disapproval)? Sure you did. They are No. 1 and No. 3 respectively. In between is Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (43 percent disapproval and a slightly worse approval rating than Reid). That's what he gets for being from the state that's the poster child for reckless tax cuts.

See the rest of the worst.

Cochran, it turns out, beats Wicker in the approval ratings (57 percent to 50 percent). They are close when it comes disapproval with Wicker at 28 percent edging Cochran at 26 percent. Stranger still. Just over one in five Mississippians said they either don't know or have no opinion of Wicker. Sixteen percent said the same about Cochran.

Fortunately, the rankings, which Morning Consult says is the result of interviews with 72,000 voters nationwide, aren't the final say on the Senate. That of course is the election in November. And neither Wicker nor Cochran is in that fray.

Find out more about Morning Consult's ranking methods.

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