Morning Consult: Vermont senators have highest approval rating in the nation

Vermonters are among the happiest constituents in the country, according to recent polling by Morning Consult.

After conducting a 50-state survey, the online polling firm found that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has the highest approval rating in the country — 75 percent — from his constituents. Snagging second place is U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who notched a 70 percent approval rating from Vermonters surveyed.

Sanders’ popularity has dropped 12 points since a September survey from the same organization. He has taken heat in the media in recent weeks for neglecting Vermont reporters and constituents since becoming a national figure with his 2016 presidential run.

Sanders made a public swing through the state recently, holding a number of community town halls from Hardwick to Bennington. He also announced he will speak at graduation at St. Johnsbury Academy in June and spent Tuesday touring around the state, including receiving an award at the Statehouse for his work on higher education.

A Sanders spokesman did not return requests seeking the senator’s full schedule during the two-week Easter recess. But Sanders is scheduled to begin a nationwide tour Monday with Tom Perez, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Morning Consult also found that Republican Gov. Phil Scott is the fourth-highest-rated chief executive in all 50 states. The poll gave Scott a 68 percent rating among Vermonters.

Experts have questioned the methodology of polls conducted online. Nicholas Laughlin, the digital director at Morning Consult, said 282 Vermont residents were polled between January and March, with a margin of error of 5.8 percentage points.

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Jasper Craven is VTDigger’s political reporter. A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
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Craven covered Vermont’s U.S. Congressional delegation for the Times Argus in the summer of 2014, and worked as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of VTDigger.

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  • James Rude

    I think this says a lot about the VT voter and their support for their elected officials than it does about the actual quality of judgement often exercised by them.

  • Paul Richards

    They must have limited their survey to Chittenden county.

    • robert bristow-johnson


      what other county is there?

  • Matt Young

    The survey shows the liberal and prog hotbeds are drinking the cool aid.