New Polls Show Clear Lead For McConnell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on recent polls showing that Sen. McConnell has a clear lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race. 

Last Five Polls Show Clear McConnell Lead  

Rasmussen Poll: McConnell +5 (McConnell 46, Grimes 41; 750LV 9/1-9/2)

CNN Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 671LV 8/28-9/1)

Bluegrass Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 46, Grimes 42; 569LV 8/25-8/27)

PPP Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 44, Grimes 40; 991LV 8/7-8/10)

CBS/NYT Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 1,515LV 7/5-7/24)

CNN: McConnell Has ‘Whopping’ 20% Lead In The East 28% Lead In The West

“McConnell's 4-point advantage, 50%-46%” (Mark Preston, “CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014,” CNN, 9/3/14)

Sen. McConnell Has A “Whopping 20% Lead” In Both Eastern And Western Kentucky “In fact, McConnell has a whopping 20% lead over Grimes in the east and a 28% lead over her in the west, the two coal-producing regions in the commonwealth.” (Mark Preston, “CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014,” CNN, 9/3/14) 

WFPL’s Phillip Bailey: “The @CNN poll is the most troubling one yet for @AlisonForKY. First where @Team_Mitch touches the magic 50 percent mark. #KYSen” (Phillip Bailey, Twitter Feed,9/3/14) 

“What might be a troubling data point for Grimes is the number of Democrats… who said they are supporting or leaning towards supporting McConnell.” (Mark Preston, “CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014,” CNN, 9/3/14) 

CNN POLLING DIRECTOR: “It's likely that there are some Democrats who think that their state is better off with a Kentuckian running the Senate rather than a Democrat who would rank at the very bottom in seniority.” (Mark Preston, “CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014,” CNN, 9/3/14) 

Rasmussen: McConnell Holds Lead 

Sen. McConnell Leads Alison Grimes 46%-41%. “A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kentucky Voters finds McConnell with 46% support to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 41%.” (“Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 46%, Grimes (D) 41%,” Rasmussen Reports, 9/3/14) 

“For Grimes, favorables are 42%, unfavorable 51%.” (“Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 46%, Grimes (D) 41%,” Rasmussen Reports, 9/3/14) 

Grimes Hurt By Obamacare; Only 33% Of Kentuckians View It “Even Somewhat Favorably.” “The challenger is saddled with an unpopular president in the Bluegrass State and voters who are even unhappier with Obamacare than voters are nationally... Only 33% view the new health care law even somewhat favorably...” (“Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 46%, Grimes (D) 41%,” Rasmussen Reports, 9/3/14) 

·      “Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters with a Very Favorable view of Obamacare favor Grimes.” (“Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 46%, Grimes (D) 41%,” Rasmussen Reports,9/3/14)

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