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.