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Hawley's favorability drops in Missouri after riot, but it improves with GOP nationally

Bryan Lowry, The Kansas City Star on

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WASHINGTON — A plurality of Missouri voters disapprove of Republican Sen. Josh Hawley two weeks after the U.S. Capitol riot, according to a new poll.

The Jan. 18 survey of 743 registered voters found that 49% disapprove of Hawley, the state’s junior senator, compared to 36% who approve of his job performance, according to The Morning Consult.

That amounts to a 12-point negative swing in Hawley’s net favorability since the day before the Jan. 6 insurrection. It is also a 17-point shift since the week President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election— when a plurality of Missouri voters approved of Hawley’s job performance.

Hawley’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the poll.

He remains popular with Republicans in the state, with 63% approving compared to 21% who disapprove. But these numbers represent a dip from November, when 73% approved against only 8% who disapproved.

Hawley has faced intense backlash since the riot at the Capitol left five dead, including a police officer.

 

He has rejected charges that as the first senator to announce his intention object to Biden’s electoral victory he bears responsibility for the chaos at the Capitol. His political mentor, former Sen. John Danforth, is among those who have blamed him.

“But for him it wouldn’t have happened,” Danforth told The Kansas City Star the day after the riot.

The Morning Consult noted that Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, who voted against Hawley’s objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, is now more popular than Hawley with overall electorate. Among all voters, 40% approve of Blunt compared to 41% who disapprove.

But there are deep divisions in the GOP base and now only 3 out of 5 Republicans approve of both senators.

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