Jan. 28, 2013
Twice as many Kentucky voters say they will vote against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as say they will definitely vote for him in the 2014 election, according to the latest Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll.
The poll comes as groups on both McConnell’s right and left are trying to recruit candidates to challenge him in the primary and general election in two years, when McConnell, the most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, seeks his sixth term in Washington.
According to the poll of 609 registered voters, 34 percent said they plan to vote against McConnell while just 17 percent say they will vote to give him another six years. The poll found that 44 percent said they will have to wait and see who is running against him and 6 percent said they are not sure.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
The poll found that while 51 percent of Democrats said they definitely vote against McConnell, only 34 percent of Republicans said they would back him against all comers.
McConnell has already begun his re-election campaign in earnest, making computerized phone calls just over a week ago touting his opposition to President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals.
Democrats considering campaigns against McConnell appear to be on hold, waiting for actress Ashley Judd to decide if she will enter the race. Some high-ranking Democrats, including U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, of Louisville, have been pushing a Judd candidacy.
Meanwhile, a group of 17 tea parties from across the state says it is actively recruiting someone to challenge McConnell in the primary and that its top goal is to retire McConnell. The group charges that the senator has supported debt-ridden budgets and profligate spending throughout his career.