We’ll have new Kentucky Poll results on the U.S. Senate race here and on Kentucky.com at 6 p.m. tonight, followed by complete analysis and further poll results in Thursday’s Herald-Leader.
The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research of Washington, D.C.
FRANKFORT – The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul is in a dead heat, says a CNN/TIME poll released Wednesday.
The telephone poll of 869 registered voters in the state gave each candidate 46 percent of the vote.
Five percent of those surveyed said they would not vote for either candidate and 4 percent had no opinion.
The CNN/TIME poll differs sharply from a SurveyUSA poll last week that showed Paul with a 15-point lead in the race among likely voters. The Conway camp claimed that poll overestimated the turnout of voters without a party registration and underestimated registered Democratic turnout.
Two polls released last week showed Republican Rand Paul leading Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, raising Paul’s lead as calculated by Pollster.com’s polling average to 6.5 percentage points.
The Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll showed Paul up by 15 points, while a cn|2 Poll showed him leading by nearly 5 points.
The Bluegrass Poll, an automated telephone survey of 561 likely voters conducted by SurveyUSA, showed Paul leading Conway 55 percent to 40 percent, with 5 percent undecided. The poll, conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 1, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
The cn|2 Poll, a live-interviewer telephone survey of 802 likely voters conducted by Braun Research, showed Paul leading Conway 42.1 percent to 37.4 percent, with 20.4 percent undecided or favoring another candidate. The poll, conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 1, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.
The latest polling gives Paul a 47.1 percent to 40.6 percent lead over Conway in Pollster.com’s average of all independent polling in the race. We excluded a poll sponsored by the Conway campaign from that average. When it’s included, the average shows Paul at 44.9 percent and Conway at 39.6 percent.
Paul’s 6.5 percentage point lead in the Pollster.com average is up from 6.1 points on August 23.
- John Stamper
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his running mate, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, hold a 7 percentage point lead — 44 .4 percent to 37.7 percent — over the newly formed Republican ticket of Republican Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer in next year’s race for governor, a new cn|2 Poll shows.
The poll released Thursday by Insight Communications also shows the Beshear-Abramson ticket leading the GOP ticket of Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and state Rep. Mike Harmon of Danville by about 19 percent — 48.6 percent to 29.4 percent.
In the poll, Beshear did not reach the key 50 percent threshold in any question about next year’s election. About 44 percent of the 802 likely voters in the poll said Beshear deserves a second four-year term while about 36 percent said he does not. About 20.5 percent were undecided.
The cn|2 Poll was conducted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 by interviewers from Braun Research Inc. of Princeton, N.J. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.
The Williams-Farmer campaign, which was officially announced Wednesday, responded by releasing an internal poll that showed them with a 4 percentage point lead — 48 to 44.
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry leads Vice Mayor Jim Gray by 13 points in the race for Lexington government’s top job, according to a new cn|2 Poll.
The telephone survey of 503 likely voters in Fayette County found that 45.5 percent support Newberry and 32.4 percent support Gray in the Lexington mayor’s race. Another 20.5 percent remain undecided.
The poll, conducted by Braun Research, Inc. of Princeton, N.J., on behalf of Insight Communications’ news division, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The survey was conducted on Aug. 23 and 24.
In the non-partisan race, Newberry held a more than 20 point lead among voters who identified themselves as moderate or conservative, while Gray led among liberal voters by more than 8 points.
The poll also found that, aside from the economy, “traffic and road construction” is the top issue on voters’ minds in Lexington (25.8%), followed closely by “government accountability” (21.8%).
- John Stamper
The Pollster.com average of independent polling in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race shows Republican Rand Paul leading Democrat Jack Conway by 6.1 percentage points.
Paul’s margin over Conway has narrowed by 3 points since August 2. Paul’s average has dropped from 49.4 percent to 47.1 percent while Conway’s average has increased from 40.3 percent to 41 percent.
We excluded from the average a June poll conducted on behalf of the Conway campaign that showed him leading Paul by 2 percentage points. When that internal poll is included in the average, the gap between Paul and Conway dips to 3.4 percentage points.
A new poll released by the Reuters news agency shows Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul leading Democrat Jack Conway by five points among likely Kentucky voters.
Paul leads Conway by 45 percent to 40 percent, according to the telephone poll conducted by Ipsos. Among a broader pool of registered voters, the two candidates are tied at 40 percent each.
The survey of 600 registered voters was taken Aug. 13-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The margin of error for the smaller sample of 435 likely voters is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.
The poll also found that:
- John Stamper
U.S. Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul is increasing his lead over Democratic nominee Jack Conway, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The cn|2 Poll, conducted for Insight Communications, shows Paul leading Conway 40.6 percent to 31.4 percent, with 27 percent undecided.
A poll by the cable company released July 22 showed Paul leading Conway 41 percent to 38 percent, with 19 percent undecided.
The survey of 802 likely voters was conducted by interviewers from Braun Research Inc. of Princeton, N.J., from Aug. 2 through Aug. 4. It has a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.
About 44 percent of respondents in the poll said they had a favorable view of Conway compared to about 50 percent for Paul.
The Pollster.com average of independent polling in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, which includes the Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll that was released Saturday night, shows Republican Rand Paul leading Democrat Jack Conway by 9.1 percentage points.
We excluded from the average a June poll conducted on behalf of the Conway campaign that showed him leading Paul by 2 percentage points. When that internal poll — the only recent poll that has shown Conway with a lead — is included in the average, the gap between Paul and Conway dips to 5.2 percentage points.
- John Stamper
Given the questions raised Wednesday about the integrity of polling work done by Research 2000, we’ve produced a chart (click on the image above) that shows how election polling the firm performed for the Herald-Leader since September 2007 fared against the final outcome of those elections.
Of the 13 elections Research 2000 has polled for the newspaper and its television partners, the eventual winner was leading in all but one poll — the 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. In that case, the poll showed Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo leading Attorney General Jack Conway by 7 points two weeks before the election. Conway won by 0.8 percent, a result that was within the poll’s plus or minus 4.5 percentage point margin of error. All other independent polling conducted in the final days of that race also showed Mongiardo ahead by a slim margin.
There are three instances — the 2007 races for agriculture commissioner and secretary of state and the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary — in which the margin of victory appears to be outside the poll’s margin of error, although there were large numbers of undecideds reflected in each poll. Those polls correctly showed the eventual winners.
- John Stamper