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Beshear Popular, Hillary Would Win Kentucky

More details have been released by Public Policy Polling which conducted a phone survey of the Kentucky political scene over the weekend. Yesterday's results showed that Sen. Mitch McConnell is the least popular senator in the nation and that actress Ashley Judd and two other Democrats would be within striking distance of defeating the five-term Republican from Louisville. New results released Wednesday show that Governor Steve Beshear is the most popular politician in Kentucky.

51% of respondents approve of Beshear's job performance compared to 34% who disapprove. Beshear would narrowly defeat Senator Rand Paul in a head-to-head match-up for thejunior senator's seat in 2016, 46-44. The race is closer and in Paul's favor against Ashley Judd (47% Paul, 46% Judd).

Meanwhile, as the numbers continue to show overwhelming disapproval of President Barack Obama in the Bluegrass State (59% disapprove, 38% approve), the poll also shows that Democrat Hillary Clinton would carry Kentucky in 2016 in races against Paul (47-42) and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (48-40).

“The fact that Hillary Clinton would be in a position to win Kentucky, perhaps more than any other data we’ve seen over the last month, shows what a formidable candidate she would be for President in 2016,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

Republicans currently hold a slim lead in the generic race for Governor in 2015. 42% prefer a Republican to 39% who want a Democrat to replace Beshear.

Other notes from the poll:

  • 49% have a favorable opinion of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari compared to 15% who have an unfavorable impression
  • 44% have a favorable opinion of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino compared to 32% unfavorable
  • 66% of respondents are Kentucky fans compared to 16% who root for Louisville
  • 36% support Louisville's move from the Big East to the Antlantic Coast Conference while 11% oppose the move (53% were unsure)
  • The Bengals are the most popular NFL team in the state with 25% supporting Cincinnati and the rest spread out among other teams
  • 20% prefer Jim Beam while 18% choose Jack Daniels (61% have no preference)

See the full results including the poll's crosstabs: Click Here

Written by Michael Monks, Editor & Publisher of The River City News