Kentucky Poll Has Pro-Life Senate Candidate Rand Paul Leading Jack Conway

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kentucky Poll Has Pro-Life Senate Candidate Rand Paul Leading Jack Conway

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 6
, 2010

Frankfort, KY ( — If a new Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV poll conducted by Survey USA is any indication, pro-life Senate candidate Rand Paul will hold on to the seat currently held by pro-life Sen. Jim Bunning. Paul leads Democratic rival Jack Conway by 15 points the new survey reveals.

According to the poll, Paul is ahead of Conway 55% to 40% to claim the seat of Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitched who is not running for re-election.

Paul wins 82% of Republicans, 32% of Democrats, and 56% of Independents, according to SurveyUSA.

The poll finds 54 percent of Kentucky residents say they are pro-life while just 42 percent call themselves "pro-choice" on abortion. Of the pro-life residents, 74 percent back Paul while 22 percent support Conway and 32 percent of those who back abortion support Paul while 63 percent favor Conway.

Neil Stevens of the conservative blog Red State said the results show Republicans are making inroads with Democratic voters.

"Barack Obama’s “professional left” just isn’t showing up this year, according to SurveyUSA’s projection," he said.

"It also doesn’t help Conway that the Tea Party activists are so important this year," Stevens added. "Those people who favor it (40%) back Paul 87-10. Neutrals (26%) also favor Paul 60-35. Those people with no opinion of the movement (9%) also support Paul 45-37."

Other polls conducted during mid-late August show Paul leading by 5-10 percentage points, meaning he is likely increasing his lead.

Doug Heye, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that the results should come as no surprise.

“The Obama agenda is unpopular in Kentucky and candidates who have publicly supported [Obama’s health-care overhaul], like Jack Conway, are seeing their numbers drop like a rock,” he said.

The mid-August Bluegrass Poll for the Louisville Courier-Journal found Paul at 51 percent and Conway 43 percent and that 8-point edge was up from a 6-point lead in the survey before that.

Paul’s campaign manager David Adams told The Kentucky Enquirer previously that Paul is "100% pro-life."

Paul answered with a pro-life response to each of the questions on the Kentucky Right to Life survey except one, which he did not answer originally but a later version of the survey he faxed over to the pro-life group had them all answered pro-life.

Related web sites:
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