Poll: Sanders is Most-Approved-Of Senator

According to a poll released on July 11, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont carries the highest approval among any senator, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky carrying the highest disapproval.

The poll, which interviewed participants from April 1 to June 18, surveyed people only on senators who represented their state of residence, according to the Morning Consult.

Sanders was documented as having a 75 percent approval for Vermont voters with a 21 percent disapproval rating.

In contrast, McConnell has a 41 percent approval rating among Kentucky voters with a 48 percent disapproval rating.

McConnell was not alone in experiencing a downward shift in his polled popularity, as more than one-half of all senators showed drops in their approval ratings.

Among those who did not know or opted not to offer their opinion, McConnell had percentage of 10 percent while Sanders carried the smallest share of 4 percent.

The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate has also been in the media and political spotlight of late for his targeted words about the GOP's bid to pass a health care bill to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"Nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction," said Sanders during a July 9 rally in Kentucky.

Sanders referenced a report that estimated that an additional 23 million Americans would eventually be without health care coverage.

"Up to 28,000 Americans every single year could die," Sanders went on. "That is nine times more than the tragic losses we suffered on 9/11 [which would recur] every single year."

Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle denounced Sanders' comparison as a blatant overreaction.

"This kind of hysteria is completely inappropriate," said Guilfoyle.

Sanders reportedly reached out to a working class audience in West Virginia in an effort to recruit people against the GOP effort to repeal the ACA.

"I am more than aware that [President] Donald Trump did very well in the state of West Virginia, I got that," said Sanders at the rally, reports The Atlantic. "Donald Trump told the people that he was going to be a champion of the working class."

Sanders added: "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but I suspect most of you already know it, Donald Trump was not telling you the truth."

Sanders also addressed Democrats' willingness to negotiate with Republicans in the Senate on writing a new health care bill.

"If somebody opens the door, I think you walk in, but obviously you don't walk in if he's talking about tax breaks for billionaires. You don't walk in, if he's still talking about throwing 23 million people off their health insurance," said Sanders.

Sanders conceded that, if the circumstances were right, Democrats may be amenable, saying, "If, by some chance, there are some Republicans who want to improve the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act has problems. Deductibles, premiums, co-payments are too high. Prescription drug costs are much too high. How do we improve that? Let's do that."

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