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Poll: Majority of Ky. voters approve of McConnell's performance

The majority of Kentucky voters say they’re pleased with the job Sen. Mitch McConnell is doing on Capitol Hill, according to a new Kentucky Poll.

As the top ranking Republican in Washington, McConnell and the GOP are hoping victories Nov. 2 will help them regain control over Congress.

The WKYT, The Herald-Leader, and WAVE poll of 625 registered voters found 52 percent Kentuckians approve of McConnell’s performance. Thirty-seven percent said they disapproved while 11 percent said they weren’t sure.

Sen. McConnell is one of the most outspoken critics of President Barack Obama and proposals to improve economic growth through spending.

In September after announcing a $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, Sen. McConnell said the plan "should be met with justifiable skepticism" saying it would raise taxes while Americans are "still looking for the 'shovel-ready' jobs they were promised more than a year ago" in the $814 billion economic stimulus measure.

After the White House touted the overall $800 billion-plus economic stimulus law earlier this month saying it's on track to produce the promised 3.5 million jobs, McConnell and other Republicans were quick to say the measure is a leading example of wasteful spending by Washington Democrats.

"The administration predicted that unemployment wouldn't rise above 8 percent if the trillion-dollar stimulus became law," said Sen. McConnell. "We know how that turned out."

Poll Methodology

This poll was conducted on behalf of WKYT, The Lexington Herald-Leader, and WAVE-TV by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from October 18-19. A total of 625 registered Kentucky voters were interviewed by telephone. All said they were likely to vote in the November general election. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the district. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus four percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or regional grouping.


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