WKU "Big Red Poll" shows low approval ratings for Bevin, Legislature

04/19/2018 03:36 PM

BOWLING GREEN- Western Kentucky University Social Science Research conducted “The Big Red Poll”, a student run survey about politics in Kentucky.

The survey asked 531 participants about their approval of various candidates and issues from April 11-15. The responses showed low disapproval ratings for most of Kentucky politicians, with the Kentucky General Assembly receiving the lowest approval rating of all.

The survey found only 32 percent of Kentuckians approve of Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, 56 percent disapprove his job and 12 percent were undecided. Among Republicans, Bevin has an approval rating of 45 percent, 17 percent among Democrats, and a 32 percent approval rating among Independents. Gov. Bevin saw his approval rating drop after making several disparaging remarks against teacher protests. The survey saw a roughly seven percent decline in his approval rating after the remarks were made.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, also saw low approval ratings, with only 30 percent of Kentuckians approving of his job. Fifty-six percent say they disapprove, and 14 percent were undecided. His approval rating is relatively low across the political spectrum as well, with only 37 percent of Republicans approving of his job as leader of the Senate, 21 percent of Democrats approve of his performance, and 30 percent of Independents approve.

The Kentucky General Assembly as a whole saw the lowest approval rating among Kentuckians, with only 25 percent of respondents saying they approve of their work, 58 percent say they disapprove, and 17 percent are undecided. Like McConnell, the approval rating is low regardless of what party, 31 percent of Republicans approve of the work this year, while 20 percent of Democrats to, and only 23 percent of Independents.

President Donald Trump fared a little better than the ladder, receiving an approval rating of 45 percent from Kentuckians, with his disapproval rating coming in at 45 percent as well, and only 10 percent undecided. Trump saw the biggest divide among party approval ratings, with 73 percent of Republicans approving of his job as president, and just 23 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of Independents approving.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, saw the highest approval rating among politicians. Paul received an approval rating of 45 percent, with an disapproval rating of 42 percent, and 13 percent undecided. Like Trump, Paul’s approval rating among party lines was vastly different with 60 percent of Republicans approving of his work compared to 23 percent among Democrats and 55 percent among Independents.

Respondents agreed the biggest problem facing Kentucky was the pension crisis, the opioid crisis and education.

For the full survey click here.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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