Poll: Majority Opposed to Changing Law that Would Allow Paul to Run for White House, Senate

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Bowling Green is considering a run for the White House in 2016.
Credit WKU PBS

A majority of Kentuckians are against the idea of changing a state law to allow Rand Paul to run for both the White House and Senate in 2016.

The Bluegrass Poll of 647 registered voters shows two-thirds are against changing the law, including a majority of Republicans.

See the poll's data here.

Paul, a Bowling Green Republican,  is up for re-election to the Senate in 2016, but is also considering a presidential bid that year. Kentucky law disallows a candidate’s name from appearing on the same ballot for two different offices.

Some highlights from the poll:

  • 66% of those surveyed were opposed to changing the law, with 27% in favor.
  • 54% of Republicans were opposed, while 78% of Democrats said the law should not be changed.
  • Sen. Paul is viewed favorably by 39% of those surveyed, 32% view the Bowling Green Republican unfavorably, and 24% said they were neutral

Paul has said he will announce in early 2015 whether or not he plans to run for the White House.

Some Republican state lawmakers backed legislation earlier this year that would have allowed Paul’s name to appear twice on the same ballot, but that effort was blocked by House Democrats.

The poll was conducted Aug. 25-27 and included surveys of 647 Kentucky registered voters. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus nearly four percentage points.