With an approval rating of 31 percent, McConnell's standing in Kentucky is identical to that of President Obama. Comparatively, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) boasted a 49 percent approval rating, the poll found. The freshman senator eclipses McConnell among Republicans in the state, too.
According to the poll, Kentucky Republicans prefer Paul over McConnell by a whopping 59-27 percent margin.
Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell have identical 31% approval ratings in Kentucky. By contrast Rand at 49% approval— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 16, 2013
Kentucky Republicans say they like Rand Paul better than Mitch McConnell by a 59/27 margin— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 16, 2013
McConnell is facing a challenge from Republican businessman Matt Bevin, although polls have shown the incumbent is in a comfortable position to win the GOP primary.
In 2010 it was Paul who played the role of conservative insurgent en route to a victory in Kentucky's open Senate race. McConnell endorsed former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Paul in the primary that year.