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Joe Manchin's favorable ratings hit the skids: Poll
By David M. Drucker,
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the most unpopular political figure in the United States after lending the support required for Democrats to approve a massive social spending and climate bill, according to a fresh poll .
Just 11% of registered voters viewed Manchin positively in a national NBC News poll conducted Aug. 12-16. Thirty-four percent viewed the senator negatively, leaving his overall favorable ratings 23 percentage points underwater — worse off than any other major American political figure tested in the survey. The margin of error in the poll was plus or minus 3.1 points.
The poll’s findings come on the heels of President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, a pared-down version of “Build Back Better.” The legislation, a reconciliation bill not subject to a Republican filibuster, languished for more than a year because of Manchin’s opposition — until earlier this month, when he reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Manchin’s reversal provided the backing needed to push the bill through the Senate, to the House, and finally to Biden’s desk. However, the senator’s role in the legislation has not helped his popularity. Democrats are still angry at Manchin for holding up, or moderating, key components of Biden’s legislative agenda, while Republicans are angry at him for buckling.
Manchin is up for reelection in 2024 in West Virginia, a ruby-red state.
Meanwhile, here is how other top politicians and institutions rated in the poll: