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50 most popular Republican politicians today

  • 50 most popular Republican politicians today

    A look at popular Republicans in America shows that they come in all sizes and shapes.

    Stacker compiled a list of the 50 most popular Republicans, based on data collected by YouGov from interviews between May 2019 and May 2020, with at least 7,000 people interviewed for each figure. The list is ranked by Republicans that have the highest positive opinion among voters, with ties being broken by how famous the politician is today.

    Some Republicans find avid support from religious communities for their evangelical Christian views, opposing social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Some win backing for their policy stands, taking hawkish positions on immigration or foreign policy. They might build a following with their fervent belief in the rights of gun owners, or have been judged worthy by their response to crises such as the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Still others build staying power among the public as longtime Washington forces of power, exceptionally skilled at making deals or ambitious fundraising. Some build support with bipartisanship and effective networking across party lines, while others cement their fortunes by toeing a strict party line. Many are war veterans, striking a chord with voters with their military service, including those that return home with lifelong scars.

    Some come from families with long histories of high-profile public service, and others emerge from seeming obscurity and humble origins. Many maintain a strong fan base with their down-home style or unpretentious approach. Some come from poverty and troubled childhoods and know how to build empathy with voters.

    Most have made a bid for the White House at least once, propelling them to national stature. More than a few Republicans found popularity with their opposition to President Barack Obama, especially his Affordable Care Act, which offered an option for health care coverage to uninsured Americans. These days, many are judged by their relationship with President Donald Trump.

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  • #50. Steve King

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 18%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 41% (44th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 59% (60th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 34% (49th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (23rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 32% (55th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 23%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 15%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 56%

    State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in a June 2 Republican primary for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, according to the Cook Political Report. King’s controversial comments about Nazism, white supremacy, and immigrants had moved Republican leaders to distance themselves and strip him of House committee memberships. Now his loyal supporters, who had sent King to Washington for nine terms in the House of Representatives, have signaled they have had enough of him.

    [Pictured: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks to a member of the audience ahead of a campaign rally inside of the Knapp Center arena at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 30, 2020.]

  • #49. John Ashcroft

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 18%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 39% (78th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 61% (26th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 32% (57th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (39th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 35% (41st most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 20%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 26%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 63%

    John Ashcroft’s folksy appeal won him support among conservatives and rural voters in Missouri, where he served as a two-term governor before being elected U.S. Senator. But he famously lost reelection in 2000 to Gov. Mel Carnahan, who had been killed three weeks earlier in a plane crash. Ashcroft served as attorney general under President George W. Bush.

    [Pictured: Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft delivers remarks during the National Police Week 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall in Washington D.C. May 13, 2019.]

  • #48. Bill Bennett

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 18%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 40% (70th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 60% (34th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 30% (69th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 22% (80th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 36% (40th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 11%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 47%

    Bill Bennett was education secretary under President Ronald Reagan and the nation’s first so-called drug czar, heading the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush. Bennett has written widely on topics such as Christianity, values, and morality.

    As a contributor to Fox News, he recently said that the coronavirus was hype and not a pandemic.

    [Pictured: US President Donald Trump is seen on stage with commentator and former education secretary Bill Bennett during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Policy Conference at a hotel in Washington D.C. on June 26, 2019.]

  • #47. Kay Bailey Hutchison

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 18%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 41% (48th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 59% (56th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 33% (56th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (20th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 31% (61st most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 11%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 47%

    The Texas Republican has been the U.S. permanent representative to NATO since 2017. The first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Texas and the first Republican woman on the Senate Armed Services Committee, she is respected for her support of the military and her expertise in military affairs.

    [Pictured: U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison reacts as she attends a session at the Fortune Global Forum event in Paris on Nov. 18, 2019.]

  • #46. Mia Love

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (30th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (74th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 33% (52nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 27% (10th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 32% (56th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 10%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 14%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 42%

    In 2014, Mia Love was the nation’s first black female Republican elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served two terms until her defeat in 2018. A Utah resident, she was born in Brooklyn to Haitian immigrants, married Mormon missionary Jason Love, and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    [Pictured: Mia Love attends The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards 2019 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York on May 10, 2019.]

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  • #45. Jason Chaffetz

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 36% (97th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 64% (7th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 32% (60th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 22% (84th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 36% (38th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 15%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 13%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 47%

    While representing Utah in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jason Chaffetz promoted legislation to sell 3.3 million acres of public land in 10 Western states, saying it served “no purpose” to taxpayers. He backed off amid opposition from hunters, anglers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts. He retired from the House in 2017. More recently he has been a critic of the closing of national parks as part of the effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

    [Pictured: Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are seen in Statuary Hall before President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber on Jan. 30, 2018.]

  • #44. Orrin Hatch

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 40% (69th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 60% (35th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 28% (84th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 22% (82nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 38% (20th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 24%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 22%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 65%

    When Orrin Hatch retired in 2018, he was the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate. Historically, he gained a reputation for bipartisanship, built on his friendship with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy with whom he designed a health insurance plan. He ran for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2000.

    [Pictured: Former Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, arrives to introduce William P. Barr, nominee for attorney general, to the Senate Judiciary Committee during Barr's confirmation hearing in Hart Building on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.]

  • #43. Alan Keyes

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 40% (64th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 60% (40th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 31% (65th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 27% (8th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 33% (52nd most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 9%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 16%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 45%

    Alan Keyes, who ran for president in 1996, 2000, and 2008, was a harsh critic of President Barack Obama, whom he said was a “radical communist” who would destroy the country. He is an outspoken opponent of abortion and a strong supporter of Israel.

    [Pictured: Alan Keyes, Chairman of the Conservative Majority PAC, speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club in Washington DC.]

  • #42. J.C. Watts

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 40% (65th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 60% (39th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 32% (59th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 23% (61st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 31% (60th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 8%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 16%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 44%

    J.C. Watts was a celebrated college football player who went on to play in the Canadian Football League from 1981–1986. He represented Oklahoma in the House of Representatives for four terms, beginning in 1995. Watts opposed public assistance and social welfare programs, which he argued promoted dependency and crushed initiative.

    [Pictured: Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts speaking at the launch of U.S. Senator Rand Paul's Presidential campaign at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.]

  • #41. Michael Steele

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 19%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (29th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (75th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 30% (74th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (34th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 36% (36th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 13%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 50%

    Michael Steele was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003 and named chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009. His book “Right Now: A 12-Step Program For Defeating The Obama Agenda” accused the Obama administration of big government expansion, nationalization plans, and out-of-control spending.

    [Pictured: (L-R) Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele speaks with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez in the spin room ahead of the first Democratic presidential primary debate for the 2020 election at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on June 26, 2019.]

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