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Latest Polling in Kentucky Has Mitch McConnell Starting to Sweat

Is this a byproduct of the latest cleaving within the Republican Party?

There appears to be a tectonic shift occurring in Washington DC of late, kicked into motion by the unprecedented events that took place during the last days of the Trump presidency.

The attempted insurrection of January 6th was a stark reminder to many of just how fragile our democracy really is, and it shook some legislators to their core.  It also belied a great divide within the Republican Party, with the Trumpian MAGA movement butting heads repeatedly with the GOP establishment of moderate conservatives.

This could very well become a fight for the future of the party, and members of the old guard are rightfully concerned that their jobs could be on the line.

Illustrating this point succinctly are the latest poll numbers out of Kentucky.

A majority of Kentuckians disapprove of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) job performance, a Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy survey taken ahead of the formal start of former President Trump’s impeachment trial found.

The survey, taken February 1-4, 2021, among 625 registered Kentucky voters, found 41 percent approving of McConnell’s job performance and 53 percent disapproving. Six percent remain unsure.

Among Republicans, specifically, McConnell garners a 62 percent approval and 29 percent disapproval.

McConnell, who was once an unwavering supporter of Donald Trump, has indicated that he isn’t sure how he’ll vote at the end of this second impeachment trial.

His turning on Trump looks, at least for now, to be well-correlated with these recent polling concerns as well, which again demonstrates the power of the MAGA movement within the broader conservative landscape.

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