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Shine Wearing Off? Murphy, Blumenthal Dip Below 50% Approval for First Time Together

July 26, 2018 By Staff
Shine Wearing Off? Murphy, Blumenthal Dip Below 50% Approval for First Time Together

Connecticut's two senators are losing approval, and net approval, quarter after quarter, according to Morning Consult.

Reclaim Connecticut has been keeping track of approval ratings, and net approval ratings for Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), as measured by Morning Consult each quarter since the beginning of 2017.

Their latest numbers, for the second quarter of 2018, show Blumenthal and Murphy both dipping below 50-percent approval for the first time.

Here’s how their net approvals have tracked over a year-plus:

  • Q1 2017: Blumenthal 58-33 (+25), Murphy 55-33 (+22)
  • Q2 2017: Blumenthal 56-34 (+22), Murphy 53-33 (+20)
  • Q3 2017: Blumenthal 54-34 (+20), Murphy 53-31 (+22)
  • Q4 2017: Blumenthal 51-37 (+14), Murphy 49-34 (+15)
  • Q1 2018: Blumenthal 50-38 (+12), Murphy 50-34 (+16)
  • Q2 2018: Blumenthal 49-38 (+11), Murphy 49-35 (+14)

It marks the fifth straight quarter Blumenthal has lost points on his net approval, and the third time in five quarters for Murphy. Blumenthal is now down 14 net points since the first quarter of 2017, and Murphy is down eight net points.

Twenty-eight senators have approval ratings higher than Blumenthal and Murphy. Sixty-two senators have disapproval ratings lower than Murphy, and 72 senators (including Murphy) have disapproval ratings lower than Blumenthal.

Murphy is up for reelection in 2018. Blumenthal is not up for reelection again until 2022.