After Bashing Obama’s Unpopularity In KY, McConnell Is Less Popular

During a private phone call not long after his re-election victory, President Barack Obama caught an earful from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about his unpopularity in Kentucky, a Democratic source familiar with the conversation confirmed to TPM. The president lost the state by 23 points.

But in a cruel twist, McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2014, is now even less popular than Obama in his own conservative state, according to a recent statewide poll conducted by SurveyUSA for Kentucky news outlets.

Obama’s approval rating in the Bluegrass State edges out McConnell’s by a margin of 34 percent to 32 percent, the survey found.

The gap is within the poll’s margin or error of 3.1 percent.


Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.