Poll: Kentuckians Approve of Bevin's Job Performance, Support Paul's Reelection

A new poll reveals good news for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and incumbent Senator Rand Paul.

It's also positive for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Kentucky-based RunSwitch PR and Harper Polling released the results of a poll this week. It was conducted July 31 and August 1 and included 500 registered voters in the Commonwealth.

Highlights of the poll showed Senator Paul scoring 50 percent against 38 percent for his Democratic challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Paul, a Republican, is seeking his second term in the U.S. Senate. A Democrat has not won a U.S. Senate race in Kentucky since 1992 when Wendell Ford was reelected.

As for the top of the ballot, Kentucky is widely expected to go big for Trump, and this new poll reinforces that idea. The Republican business mogul leads Democrat Hillary Clinton, 49 to 36 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, scoring 5 percent, and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein netting 2 percent. Clinton leads among Kentucky women, 43 to 40 percent, but Trump runs up the scoreboard with men, 59 to 29 percent. 

Overall, the poll found that 54 percent of Kentucky voters have a favorable view of Trump, but that 36 percent of Kentucky women voters have a very unfavorable view of him. 44 percent of Kentucky voters have a favorable view of Clinton.

As for Governor Matt Bevin, elected last November, the poll found that 52 percent of Kentucky voters have a positive view of his job performance. 36 percent disapprove. 69 percent of Republicans approve of Bevin's performance while just 41 percent of Democrats do.

Elsewhere in the poll, it was found that voters prefer Republicans in the state legislature where the GOP controls the Senate and the Democrats control the House. 49 percent of voters choose a generic Republican over 39 percent for a generic Democrat in legislative races, the poll found.

The poll also created a hypothetical match-up between former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The winner? Bush, by a margin of 50 to 41 percent. Melania Trump also bests Bill Clinton in a match-up of potential "First Spouses", 46 to 37 percent.

49 percent of Kentucky voters support Trump's proposal to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

-Staff report

Photos: Matt Bevin (left) and Rand Paul (via Twitter)