The poll finds Paul with a favorable rating of only 34%, with 42% unfavorable, compared to Conway's rating at 31%-29%. At the same time, President Obama's approval rating is only 37%-58%, and voters oppose the health care law by 60%-31%.
The poll asked: "Has the national media coverage of Rand Paul's views made you more or less likely to vote for him?" Here the answer is 29% more likely, 38% less likely, and 33% no difference. On the other hand, only 36% say the media is treating Paul fairly, compared to 42% saying they are treating him unfairly.
Now here is where things get tricky: "Do you support the Civil Rights Act of 1964?" The answer here is 68% yes, 7% no, and 25% not sure. To make the situation clearer, there was this follow-up: "When it comes to serving customers, do you think the law should allow private businesses to discriminate on the basis of race?" The answer was only 9% yes, 83% no, and 8% not sure.
PPP's Tom Jensen writes: "The Kentucky Senate race may end up being decided by whether voters in the state find Barack Obama or Rand Paul more unpalatable- it should be a close one."