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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

POLL: The Senate’s Most Powerful Republican Is The Nation’s Least Popular Senator

POLL: The Senate’s Most Powerful Republican Is The Nation’s Least Popular Senator

Another poll shows Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a statistical tie with the likely Democratic challenger for his Senate seat, Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Senate Minority Leader only leads Grimes by 1 point with 15 percent undecided, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling.

And that isn’t even close to the most disturbing number for the senator in the poll.

McConnell’s favorable-to-unfavorable rating of 31 percent to 61 percent doesn’t just make him the nation’s least popular senator, it makes him as popular in his home state as President Obama, even though Mitt Romney won Kentucky by more than 20 percent.

The minority leader has formed an alliance with the family of the far more popular Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to fend off a primary challenge from Tea Partier Matt Bevin, hiring the Pauls’ former confidant and relative-by-marriage Jesse Benton to run his campaign.

But the Paul connection has McConnell slightly caught up in a scandal lingering from the 2012 Iowa Caucus. And while McConnell has a huge lead over Bevin, Kentucky voters don’t seem to buy the alliance:

Do you think Rand Paul supports Mitch McConnell for re-election to the US Senate, or not?

Think he does …………………………………………. 30%

Think he does not …………………………………….  32%

Not sure ………………………………………………..  38%

Senator Paul has endorsed McConnell, but recently referred to Bevin as  a “good, honest, Christian man.” After he made that statement, Benton issued a something of a retraction on the senator’s behalf, asserting that Paul didn’t know Bevin well.

Earlier this year, Benton told an acquaintance that he was “sorta holding” his nose to work for McConnell because it was going to “be a big benefit for Rand in ’16…”

McConnell’s attack ads on Grimes have already hurt her favorability but with one-third of voters still “not sure” of their opinion of the Democratic challenger, she still has an opportunity to make her case. Grimes is young — only 35 years old — but she’s proven she can produce charming ads and go after her opponent in fiery and funny speeches even in a contentious environment.

The next few months will show if the very unpopular’s McConnell’s go-to tactic of destroying his opponent’s image can still work when his own image is about as bad as it can get.

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10 Responses to POLL: The Senate’s Most Powerful Republican Is The Nation’s Least Popular Senator

  1. How would Rand Paul, and Ayn Rand atheist, know what is a “good, honest Christian man” is? Rand doesn’t seem to know what any of these adjectives mean.

  2. I can’t wait 2014 to come as fast as it can. It will be a year to remember in politics. They can bash ACA the way they want, even the President whose name will never appear on the ballot again. 2014 won’t be like 2010. We have already learnt what mistake we made in 2010. I do not want to scare anyone, but Mitch McConnell is to be afraid, very afraid.

  3. You know, even though he is so far to the right that he makes Rick Santorum look like a flaming Liberal, I would really like to see Matt Blevins either beat or damage McConnell so much that Grimes has an easy election season.

  4. Kentucky does have a dubious distinction. It leads the country in the filing of disability claims of which about 80% are fraudulent. So while McConnell was out there leading the fight against the unemployed, his constituency was defrauding the government out of millions. Also the governor there is a democrat and is having success in signing up people for the dreaded Obama/Romney care so Dr No has to be care about his intention to repeal the law. In fact the governor should send a letter to everyone who gets insurance under his plan that old Mitch wants to take it away. That should help him.
    Considering the massive fraud there if McConnell makes a speech about government waste we should all laugh

  5. Carelessly using the word “democracy” is dangerous because it implies that democracy’s potential good mandates its continuous expansion.

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