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McConnell approval low, but leads potential challengers

Read the full results from Public Policy Polling.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Ky. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's job approval ranks among the lowest of all U.S. Senators, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling. 37% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell's work in the Senate. 55% disapprove of McConnell's performance.

Despite McConnell's low approval among voters, the polls shows he would beat any of several possible Democratic contenders. McConnell would outperform actress Ashley Judd, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Attorney General Jack Conway by the same margin, 47% to 43%. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer trails McConnell, 46% to 41%. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a 7-point deficit, 47% to 40%.

“Kentucky is a tough state for Democrats,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, in a release. “But given how unpopular McConnell is and how few opportunities there are for them to play offense in 2014, this should be one of the most hotly contested races in the country.”

The poll showed Democratic voters' top pick to challenge McConnell for re-election in 2014 is Judd. 29% of those surveyed said they would support her over other possible Democratic candidates.

Abramson received the support of 16% of Democrats surveyed, then Conway at 15%, Grimes and Congressman John Yarmuth at 9%, Fischer at 5%, and state auditor Adam Edelen at 2%.

Among Republicans, 50% wish to see McConnell as the party's nominee for Senate in 2014, but 35% of surveyed Republicans said a "more conservative" candidate is preferable.

The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling firm conducted the poll Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. The survey included 1,266 Kentucky voters, including 585 Democratic voters and 395 Republican voters. The margin of error for the overall survey is +/-2.8%.


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