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The People of Kentucky Really Don’t Like Mitch McConnell

Alison Lundergan Grimes leads McConnell 46%-42%

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is actually trailing in his re-election bid according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

The poll of registered voters found Mitch McConnell at only 42 percent support in the general election while his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes currently has 46 percent.

The problem for McConnell is the people of Kentucky really don’t like him. Only 32 percent of voters approve of the job he is doing while 60 percent disapprove. By comparison, even President Obama has a slightly higher job approval rating in the state at 34-60. To highlight just how bad this is for McConnell, Obama only got 37.8 percent of the vote in Kentucky back in 2012.

Similarly, the poll found only 27 percent have a favorable opinion of McConnell while 50 percent view him unfavorably.

This race is a real test to see if a candidate can be so disliked he causes a large share of voters to break with their normal party alignments.

The only good news in the poll for McConnell is that he has a commanding 55-29 lead over Matthew Bevin in the Republican primary.


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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (