Another poll shows Mitch McConnell trailing

A Mellman Group survey finds Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes ahead by 2 points

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 2, 2013 1:33PM (EDT)

A second poll out this week finds Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with a slight lead over Mitch McConnell in his 2014 race for reelection in Kentucky.

According to a survey by the Democratic firm Mellman Group, Grimes is ahead of McConnell by a margin of 44-42 percent. From the poll:

Perhaps the most striking difference between McConnell and Grimes is the divergent views voters have about their performance in office. While the Commonwealth's voters have net-positive views of Grimes’s performance as Secretary of State (33% positive, 29% negative), a large 58% majority give negative grades to McConnell for his performance in the US Senate. Just 38% offer positive evaluations of McConnell.

A poll earlier this week from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found McConnell trailing Grimes by just 1 point, and with 51 percent saying they disapprove of McConnell's job performance.

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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