By Bernie Becker - 06/26/14 06:52 PM EDT
Kentucky voters want to see their Senate candidates take more liberal attitudes on taxes, according to a new poll.
The poll, from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found that eight in 10 voters in the state would be more likely to support a candidate who sought to scrap tax breaks for the wealthy and make sure that the highest earners pay more than the middle class in taxes.
Even seven of 10 Republicans backed that idea, with even higher majorities among Democrats and independents.
“When Kentucky voters say they want a fairer tax system by two or four or six to one, it’s time to pay attention,” said Frank Clemente of the Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund, which sponsored the poll.
“They know instinctively that when corporations and wealthy individuals game the system to avoid paying their fair share, ordinary Kentucky families pay the price.
The poll also found Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee for Senate, with a lead within the margin of error against the GOP incumbent, Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill MORE.
McConnell has for years fought against higher taxes, though he did also negotiate the "fiscal cliff" deal with Vice President Biden. Despite the new poll’s findings on taxes, Kentucky voters also aren’t big fans of President Obama, which could drag down Lundergan Grimes.