By Dan Nowicki | The Republic
He may not have been elected president, but Sen. John McCain can take some consolation that, as his sixth Senate term gets underway, Americans from both parties hold him in high regard.
McCain, R-Ariz., was viewed favorably by 57 percent of Americans and viewed unfavorably by 33 percent, according to a national poll conducted last month by the Pew Research Center. Ten percent had no opinion.
What perhaps is less expected is that, more than eight years after losing his White House race against President Barack Obama, McCain is enjoying bipartisan popularity.
Among Republicans and GOP leaners, 59 percent viewed the party’s 2008 presidential nominee favorably while 57 percent of Democrats did, too. His favorable number among Democrats skyrocketed 19 percentage points from 38 percent in 2013, Pew said.