PPP's newest Kentucky poll finds mostly good news for Rand Paul:
-At least for now it looks like Paul would be a safe bet if he decided to run for reelection to the Senate in 2016. He has a 47/39 approval spread and in a hypothetical match up with his toughest potential opponent, Steve Beshear, he would lead by a 9 point margin at 50/41. The seat could get interesting if Paul decided not to run for reelection though- Beshear would lead Thomas Massie 45/30 in a hypothetical Senate contest.
-By an 18 point margin, 44/26, Kentuckians say that Paul is their favorite of the state's two Senators. Republicans in particular like Paul better than Mitch McConnell, 56/31, but Democrats like Paul more by a 32/24 spread as well.
The news is a little more mixed when it comes to Paul and a potential 2016 Presidential bid:
-Paul leads the Republican primary field with 25% to 18% for Mike Huckabee, 15% for Jeb Bush, 8% for Chris Christie and Marco Rubio, 7% for Ted Cruz, 5% for Scott Walker, 4% for Paul Ryan, and 3% for Bobby Jindal. Although it's always good to be in the lead Paul's standing doesn't seem particularly impressive for his home state, and it shows how formidable Huckabee will be if he actually ends up deciding to enter the race.
-Only 34% of voters in the state want Paul to run for President in 2016, compared to 50% who think he should sit it out. Nevertheless Paul performs the best of any potential GOP candidate in the state against Hillary Clinton, leading her 49/43. Clinton would also trail Bush 48/43 and Huckabee 47/44 in Kentucky but would hold leads over Chris Christie at 44/41 and Ted Cruz at 46/41.
Moving onto non-Rand Paul related topics: