From the Richmond Register: Polls provide insight into Kentucky political landscape

By RONNIE ELLIS

CNHI News Service

FRANKFORT — Both state and national polls released last week show more Kentucky voters approve of Gov. Matt Bevin than disapprove, but his approval rate is below 50 percent in both polls.

The same two polls show U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., continues to be very unpopular nationally and even in his home state. In fact, according to national pollster The Morning Consult, McConnell, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, is the most unpopular senator in the county. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular.

The Big Red Poll, conducted by 150 Western Kentucky University students and overseen by WKU political science professor and Director of the WKU Social Science Research Center Joel Turner, indicates 43 percent of respondents approve of Bevin’s performance while 42 percent disapprove; 15 percent didn’t know enough to form an opinion.

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