How popular are Alabama’s senators?

Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions

It’s no surprise, Congress’ public approval rating is abysmal — a vast majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the job they’re doing. According to Gallup polling the rating has been stuck in the mid-teens for over year, and has not exceeded 20 percent since October of 2012.

Nevertheless some Americans actually really like particular members of Congress.

new survey by Morning Consult polled 62,000 registered voters in all 50 states as to what they thought about the job their senators are doing. The results: despite the overall Congressional approval rating, some senators rate highly in their home states among constituents.

The top five most popular senators in America:

  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • John Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Angus King (I-ME)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

The five least popular senators in America:

  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Harry Reid (D-NV)

As for Alabama’s senators, long-time Republican Senator Richard Shelby ranks as the 16th most liked senator with a 59% approval rating. Perhaps more surprisingly is that Tea Party darling Sen. Jeff Sessions is solidly in the middle of the pack ranked 33rd overall with a 54% approval rating.