A chart shows job approval ratings by party affiliation for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski between Jan. 20, 2021, and June 30 of this year. The 22% increase since the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency is among the biggest for senators. A different poll shows her losing to a Republican challenger among voters of that party in Alaska, but winning reelection due to cross-over votes from Democrats under the new ranked choice voting system. (Source: Morning Consult)

A chart shows job approval ratings by party affiliation for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski between Jan. 20, 2021, and June 30 of this year. The 22% increase since the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency is among the biggest for senators. A different poll shows her losing to a Republican challenger among voters of that party in Alaska, but winning reelection due to cross-over votes from Democrats under the new ranked choice voting system. (Source: Morning Consult)

Poll: Murkowski’s net approval up 22% during Biden administration

Morning Consult survey says Alaska incumbent’s popularity rising more than almost any other senator

Add another unusual poll number to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s history of them, as a survey published Monday states her net job approval rating has increased by 22% since President Joe Biden took office.

“The Alaska Republican, who is facing a fierce primary challenge over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, has seen her popularity improve more than almost any other senator throughout Joe Biden’s presidency,” notes a summary by Morning Consult, which conducted the survey.

Murkowski’s rating during that time has soared among Democrats and improved among Republicans. However, other polls shows her losing to Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka among GOP voters yet winning reelection in November due to cross-over votes from Democrats under the state’s new ranked choice system.

The incumbent’s favorable/unfavorable rating was 35/50 among all voters on Jan. 20, 2021, but is above water for the first time during the Biden administration with a 46/39 split in the most recent poll, according to Morning Consult. The split among Republicans has improved from 20/76 to 41/46 during that time, while among Democrats it has risen from 46/42 to 62/23. Her rating among independents has gone from 41/34 to 41/42.

“It’s clear that voters favor candidates who get things done, and that independent-minded legislators are the ones moving policy forward,” wrote Nate Adams, Murkowski’s campaign manager. “Lisa Murkowski consistently delivers real results for our state and the people of Alaska appreciate that.”

Mary Ann Pruitt, an advisor to the Tshibaka campaign, repeated a statement following a poll in early July showing the challenger ultimately losing the general election due to ranked choice voting.

“Lisa Murkowski has never reached 50 percent in any of her Senate elections and that’s not going to change this time,” the statement asserts. “Kelly Tshibaka will be the next senator from Alaska.”

Murkowski’s most notorious voter statistics, of course, came in 2010 when she became the first senator in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, after she was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary by Joe Miller. Her poll numbers, particularly in recent years, have varied greatly among voters in both parties following her actions on matters such as the impeachment votes on former President Donald Trump and the confirmation of some of his Supreme Court justices.

Contact reporter Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com.

More in News

Alaska senators meet with members of the media to discuss education legislation after a press conference by Gov. Mike Dunleavy on the topic on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Juneau, Alaska. (Mark Sabbatini/Juneau Empire)
Dunleavy threatens veto of education bill if more of his priorities aren’t added

It is not certain there would be the 40 votes necessary to override a veto by the governor

A map displays a wide-ranging special weather statement, published Tuesday by the National Weather Service, covering Southcentral Alaska. (Map courtesy of National Weather Service)
Strong winds, low wind chills forecast through Friday

Wind chills over night may reach as low as -20 to -40 degrees in much of Southcentral

Snow falls atop the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. The office opened in October, but a grand opening was held this week. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital adds Diabetes Center

The center has been seeing patients since October and held a grand opening Monday

Gary Hollier pulls a sockeye salmon from a set gillnet at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Findings from pilot setnet fishery study inconclusive

The study sought to see whether shorter nets could selectively catch sockeye salmon while allowing king salmon to pass below

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Kenai Peninsula COVID-19 case rate continues to climb

State reports three consecutive week-over-week increases to new high

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola delivers her annual address to the Alaska Legislature on Monday, in Juneau. (Mark Sabbatini/Juneau Empire)
Peltola celebrates federal intervention in Albertsons, Kroger merger in legislative address

The one-term lawmaker said collaboration between stakeholders has helped produce wins for Alaska’s fisheries and the state’s economy

From left: Sen. Jesse Bjorkman, R-Nikiski, and Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speak during an at-ease on debate on education legislation on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, in Juneau, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Senate concurs on House education bill, Dunleavy is skeptical

The governor’s office announced Dunleavy will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Anchorage to discuss the legislation

Dr. Kim Thiele stands by a wall of newspaper clippings and images of family members and precursors in his office near Kenai on Monday. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
‘A ministry for me’

Kalifornsky doctor wraps up career after 44 years

Sen. Jesse Bjorkman, R-Nikiski, listens to testimony during a Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday in Juneau. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Bjorkman game seizure bill received warmly in Senate committee

Of the roughly 150 animals the department takes each year, an average of between one and two are determined to be wrongfully seized

Most Read