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Mitch McConnell: The most unpopular man in the Senate

Mitch McConnell is the Senate’s biggest loser.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week.

Mitch McConnell is the Senate’s biggest loser.

The Senate Minority Leader has the lowest job approval rating among 90 members of the Senate, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling.

The Kentucky Republican has just a meager 37% approval rating and a 55% disapproval rating among voters in his state.

PPP said McConnell had the worst numbers compared to his peers, taking the Hall of Shame title from Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

Among Republicans, McConnell had a 59% approval rating, compared to 33% among independents and 23% among Democrats.

It isn’t all terrible news for McConnell, who’s up for reelection in 2014.

The survey showed the fifth-term senator would narrowly defeat actress Ashley Judd, who is reportedly considering running for McConnell’s post, 47% to 43%.

Reelection is clearly in the front of McConnell’s mind. According to the Courier-Journal, the GOPer recently sent an email to potential campaign supporters saying “As I lead the fight against his dangerous debt scheme, Barack Obama has placed a huge target squarely on my back. As I fight for you, I need your generous support to fight off his attacks."

 Tune into Hardball at 5 and 7 p.m. EST. We’ll have more about McConnell’s implied threat on the debt ceiling with msnbc political analysts Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and Republican strategist Chip Saltsman.