Election 2020

This Hillary Challenger Is Officially America's Most Popular Senator

Michael Bloomberg wants to become the 46th president of the United States. Source: Boss Tweed / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

If the presidential campaign is the ultimate popularity contest, Hillary Clinton’s main challenger for the Democratic nomination is claiming victory in an early round.

Morning Consult polled more than 75,000 voters in all 50 states over a period of several months to get an idea of the popularity of each member of the U.S. Senate, as gauged by his or her own constituents.

Senate Democrats polled at an average of 54 percent approval, while Senate Republicans averaged 51 percent.

When it came to individual members, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) topped the pack with an 83 percent approval rating.

New England proved to be pretty happy with their representation overall, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) coming in second at 78 percent approval and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) coming in fourth at 71 percent.

Wyoming is also pretty happy with its senators: John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) came in third at 73 percent, while Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) was seventh with 67 percent.

But how did the rest of the senators running for president fare?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a 52 percent approval rating, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has 51 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) hangs in at 50 percent. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is at a 48 percent approval rating.

Sanders has the lowest disapproval rating at 13 percent, followed by Barrasso and Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) at 15 percent.

Cruz has a 32 percent disapproval rating, Rubio is at 33 percent, Graham has 35 percent, and Paul is at 37 percent.

The only senator to crack a 50 percent disapproval score is Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who easily won re-election last fall. McConnell has just 38 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval.

Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) are tied for the lowest approval rating at 37 percent each.