Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains extremely unpopular among his Kentucky constituents, according to the latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released on Tuesday.
In fact, with a bleak approval rating of 36 percent, McConnell is the most unpopular senator PPP has tested. Fifty-four percent of Bluegrass State voters said they disapprove of their senior senator. Those numbers are largely the same as PPP’s previous poll of Kentucky in December, when 37 percent of voters said they approved and 55 percent said they disapproved.
PPP’s latest also found prospective Democratic candidates holding their own against McConnell in hypothetical matchups of next year’s race. The poll showed McConell edging both former Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes by identical scores of 46 percent to 41 percent. McConnell claimed an 11-point edge over former congressional candidate Ed Marksberry in the poll.
Tuesday’s poll also showed actress Ashley Judd, who announced last month that she will not challenge McConnell, with a significant drop in personal popularity since the December survey. Thirty-four percent said they have a favorable opinion of Judd in the latest poll, while a plurality of 41 percent said they have an unfavorable view. In December, 42 percent said they had a favorable opinion of the Hollywood star and 36 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion.