Bevin hits 50% approval rating in national poll of governors

04/11/2017 12:07 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin has hit a 50 percent approval rating placing him 34th among the 50 state governors in a national ranking.

According to the numbers from polling firm Morning Consult, Bevin’s stock is on the rise with most voters polled. However, 39 percent of those polled disapproved of Bevin’s job performance in office. Eleven percent of respondents reported not knowing or having no opinion of Bevin. The poll carries a two percent margin of error.

Morning Consult contacted more than 85,000 registered voters across the United States online for the poll conducted from January to March of this year.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult in May of 2016 of voters across the country showed Bevin with a 33 percent approval rating, among the lowest in the nation at the time.

“Clearly, as Matt Bevin works with the Republican majorities in the General Assembly to change Kentucky, voters are realizing they made the right choice by electing him Governor,” Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson said of the polling. “He is doing a fantastic job for the Commonwealth as he continues to focus on recruiting new jobs to Kentucky.”

Kentucky Democratic Party Spokesman Daniel Lowry, said the state Democratic Party was surprised Bevin did not fare worse in the polling.

“We were surprised that there are 15 governors ranked more unpopular than Matt Bevin,” Lowry said. “We really need better governors in this country. I wonder how many Kentucky teachers they used for the poll — because after Bevin called opponents of charter schools personally disgusting, I’ve heard several say only bad things about him.”

The poll also found U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Kentucky, to be the most unpopular senator in America. McConnell is also the only senator to have an approval rating that is underwater with a 44 percent approval ranking and 47 percent disapproving of the job he’s doing, according to the poll.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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