Friday, September 12, 2014

Voters are down on McConnell but haven't warmed up to Grimes, interviews with poll respondents illustrate

Kentucky voters don't care much for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, but see no better option in the Nov. 4 election for the U.S. Senate, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll and follow-up interviews by students in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

The Bluegrass Poll is conducted by Survey USA for The Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville's WHAS-TV and Lexington's WKYT-TV. The poll sponsors agreed to give Associate Professor Al Cross contact information for the poll respondents who were willing to grant follow-up interviews, and worded the questionnaire accordingly. The students are in a special reporting course taught by Cross and his co-instructor, Bill Goodman of KET.

The poll, taken Aug. 25-27 and published almost two weeks ago, showed McConnell leading Grimes, 46 percent to 42 percent. For a podcast story on the voter interviews, by student Ben Tompkins of Prospect (right), in a 6-megabyte mp3 file, click here.

A text story on the interviews will appear later.

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