McConnell approval numbers in Kentucky at 18%; Trump at 60% in latest public polling

08/22/2017 03:13 PM

Just 18 percent of Kentuckians approve of the job U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is doing, according to a survey released this week.

Public Policy Polling released the poll on Monday which found 18 percent of respondents approving of the job McConnell is doing, compared to 74 percent who disapprove. Seven percent of respondents were unsure of McConnell’s performance in office.

McConnell fairs slightly better when respondents were asked if they would vote for McConnell if the election were held today. Thirty-seven of respondents said they would vote for McConnell, 44 percent said they would vote for a Democratic opponent and 19 percent said they were unsure.

McConnell is up for re-election in 2020.

The survey was conducted on August 15-16 and included 645 Kentucky voters, according to Public Policy Polling.

The survey, which took place after events in Charlottesville, Virginia and recent statements from President Trump blaming McConnell for inaction in Congress, also shows the president’s approval at 60 percent in Kentucky.

Thirty-six percent of Kentucky respondents said they disapproved of Trump’s performance in the White House, while another 4 percent were unsure, according to the poll.

PPP also tested U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, popularity in the state. Paul polled better than McConnell with 39 percent of respondents approving of his job performance, and 47 disapproving, according to the PPP poll.

Even though Paul is upside down in the polling, when respondents were asked if they would vote for Paul if the election were held today 50 percent said they would compared to a generic Democratic candidate.

Paul just won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016, and is not on the ballot again until 2022.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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