Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategies released the first Kentucky gubernatorial election poll for the coming cycle, and it does not provide Gov. Matt Bevin (R) with good news. The poll was taken over the December 12-15 period, and interviewed 625 Kentucky likely gubernatorial campaign voters.
According to the results, Gov. Bevin’s job approval is an upside down 38:53% favorable to unfavorable, which compares poorly to President Trump’s 46:37% positive rating. Mr. Bevin has particular problems in the state’s two largest population centers, Lexington and Louisville. There, his job approval is an equivalent 31:61 and 31:60%, respectively.
Against potential Democratic opponents, Gov. Bevin would trail Attorney General Andy Beshear, 48-40%, and even falls one point behind little known state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook), 42-41%. Though many incumbents have rebounded from numbers such as these, it appears Mr. Bevin has his work cut out for him if he is to win a second term next year.
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