New poll shows Mitch McConnell might be in trouble

A PPP survey shows McConnell trailing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by 1 point

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 1, 2013 1:05PM (EDT)

A new poll by the Democratic-learning Public Policy Polling finds that Kentucky voters are unhappy with Sen. Mitch McConnell -- and he's in for a tough race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014.

The poll, conducted on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, shows Grimes leading McConnell by 1 point, at 45-44 percent. Eleven percent of Kentucky voters remain undecided.

Additionally, 51 percent say they disapprove of the way McConnell is handling his job, compared to 40 percent who say they approve.

The last several PPP polls have shown Grimes quickly advancing on McConnell -- with McConnell leading 45-41 percent in April, and the two tied at 45 percent in May.But the Republican polling firm Wenzel Strategies last week found McConnell leading by 8 points.

The same survey showed McConnell demolishing his Republican primary challenger, Tea Party-backed Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, 59-20 percent.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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