A new poll from a liberal-leaning group shows Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race remains deadlocked, but the news isn’t all bad for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling group for the liberal group Americans United for Change found little change in a head-to-head match-up between McConnell and likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes, with McConnell leading 45 percent to 44 percent.
The same company polled Kentucky in late December and found McConnell leading Grimes 43 percent to 42 percent. The margin of error in the most recent poll was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
Of 882 Kentuckians polled from Jan. 24-26, 52 percent said they were Democrats, 36 percent said they were Republicans and 12 percent identified themselves as independents or other.
The good news for McConnell is that, according to PPP, his approval rating has improved since the last poll, though it remains weak.
The December poll put the senator’s approval rating at 31 percent while the most recent poll saw McConnell clock in at 37 percent.
Even better news for McConnell, who is facing a primary against Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, is that 60 percent of Republicans surveyed approve of the job he is doing.
The survey also shows that McConnell has more support among Republicans than Grimes has with Democrats.
When survey respondents chose between McConnell and Grimes, 74 percent of Republicans supported McConnell while 67 percent of Democrats supported Grimes.
The good news for Grimes is on the issues.
Grimes has staked out a position in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, an issue President Barack Obama pushed in Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech and one a majority of Kentuckians favor.
The PPP poll found that 57 percent of Kentuckians approve of raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and 42 percent said they would be less likely to vote for McConnell if he voted against such a hike.
Click here to see the full poll results.