Poll: Possible Dem Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Tied With McConnell

The poll found that Grimes, who reportedly has not yet decided if she’ll challenge McConnell, is polling dead even with the Senate minority leader at 45 percent each.

PPP found several signs of trouble for McConnell, who is strongly focused on reelection and has a large war chest:

McConnell’s early positive advertising has done nothing to improve his prosp ects for reelection and in fact this is the actually the weakest pos ition PPP has found him in yet. In April we found him leading Grimes by 4 points and in December he had a 7 point advantage over her.

McConnell continues to be unpopular with 44% of voters approving of him to 47% who disapprove. His numbers are even worse with independents, only 41% of whom think he’s doing a good job while 53% give him poor marks. Grimes, on the other hand, has a positive 34/24 favorability rating.

PPP’s poll, conducted on behalf of the anti-McConnell Senate Majority PAC, included several questions that painted McConnell in a negative light, such as: “Mitch McConnell has voted to cut taxes for millionaires like himself, while supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare for hard- working Kentucky seniors. Does this make you more or less likely to vote for him, or does it not make a difference?”

It surveyed 556 Kentucky voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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