By Sam Youngman
A new poll from a left-leaning organization shows Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes leading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but the numbers suggest Grimes failed to capitalize on Kentucky anger about the government shutdown.
The Public Policy Polling survey shows Grimes with a 45 percent to 43 percent lead over McConnell, which was within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
The questions focused on the shutdown — one prefaced with “Now that you know Mitch McConnell supported the government shutdown” — but that issue appeared to have little impact on which candidate respondents supported. After being told McConnell supported the shutdown, Grimes led 47 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
Still, a clear majority of respondents, 60 percent, said they oppose Congress shutting down the government as a way to stop President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The sampling for the PPP poll, which surveyed 1,193 Kentucky voters on October 14th and 15th, was 53 percent Democrats, 37 percent Republicans and 11 percent independent or other.
While the poll appears to be good news for Grimes, the same company released a poll in early August showing the Democrat leading McConnell 45 percent to 44 percent, indicating Grimes was unable to take advantage of McConnell’s role in the shutdown.