Poll: Kentucky voters want tax breaks scrapped

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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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.