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Beshear sags, Obama surges in new WHAS11/Survey USA poll of Kentuckians

by Joe Arnold


Posted on November 2, 2009 at 11:54 PM

While only U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the nation's top Republican, garners a net favorable rating in a new (11/1) Survey USA poll of Kentucky adults, Kentuckians' approval of President Barack Obama has surged since the August 31 poll.  

Two months ago Kentucky gave Mr. Obama an abysmal 31% job approval rating.  But, in the new poll, he improves a full 15 percentage points to a 46% approval rating. 

46% Approve
51% Disapprove
3% Not Sure

Meanwhile, the state's top elected Democrat, Governor Steve Beshear, whose favorable/unfavorable numbers were even at 47% two months ago, has slipped to a 44% approval rating vs. 50% disapproval.  www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx 

44% Approve
50% Disapprove
6% Not Sure

Beshear, who plans on running for reelection in 2011, has support among women, people at least 50 years old, moderates, Louisville residents and people with incomes more than $50,000 per year. 

Beshear's highest disapproval ratings are among students (70% disapprove), men (58% disapprove), blacks (54% disapprove) and Eastern Kentuckians (59% disapprove).  59% of both conservatives and liberals disapprove of Beshear's job performance. 

The exclusive WHAS11/Survey USA poll released Sunday improves Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's favorability quotient by one percentage point since August 31, now at 48%. 

48% Approve
45% Disapprove
7% Not Sure

While McConnell’s next re-election fight is still 5 years away, he is intensely involved in the effort to revive the GOP Congressional ranks.

In the August 31 poll, Kentucky’s retiring Senator Jim Bunning had only a 35% approval rating.  Bunning is up to 39% in the latest poll, taking over the unfavorability title in Kentucky from President Obama.

39% Approve
49% Disapprove
12% Not Sure