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Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had the third lowest approval rating (37%) among U.S. Senators, behind Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (36%) and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (33%), according to an April 2022 report from Morning Consult. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel similarly reported that between late 2021 and early 2022, Johnson had a favorability rating among voters of 35%, based on an aggregate of four polls by the Marquette Law School Poll. 

Poll director Charles Franklin said Johnson suffered a “striking decline” in popularity between 2020 and 2022 compared to his highest level of popularity, which was in 2019. That feeling was not universal, however: in an August 2022 Marquette poll, 76% of Republicans — but just 6% of Democrats — viewed Johnson favorably. 

By the time of that poll, Johnson’s overall approval rating was 38%. A poll by Morning Consult from around the same period reported a similar approval rating. 


Morning Consult: Early 2022 Senate approval ratings: Ron Johnson

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Polling on Ron Johnson shows striking decline. Is it reversible?

Marquette: Marquette Law School Poll: August 10–15, 2022

Marquette: Marquette Law School poll August 2022 crosstabs

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.