LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new statewide poll found Gov. Andy Beshear maintains majority support for his actions during the coronavirus, despite broad Republican attacks against him.
In addition, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul remains narrowly favorable but U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeing his support erode, possibly in part because of delays in coronavirus relief late last year and his more recent split with former President Donald Trump (see full results KY221PollPart2 (1)).
Beshear and Paul each receive net positive job ratings from Kentucky voters, but a majority disapproves of McConnell’s performance, according to the Mason-Dixon poll released Friday
Statewide, 55% approve of the job Beshear is doing, while 36% disapprove. Paul
receives a 53% approval rating, compared to 44% disapproval. However, 53% say
they disapprove of McConnell’s performance and only 41% approve.
Paul’s numbers are a little closer when it comes to his re-election in 2022 with 47 percent saying they would vote him back for another term while 41 percent say they wouldn’t. The 12 percent undecided is a big number for a veteran incumbent, experts say.
Beshear’s numbers vary widely across the state. Among women, he is 58 percent favorable while only 51 percent favorable among me.
In the Louisville Metro area, he is 66 percent favorable and a high 62 percent in the Lexington area. The numbers begin to slip in other regions — 52 percent in Northern Kentucky, 51 percent in Eastern Kentucky and 44 percent in Western Kentucky.
His highest disapproval ratings are 47 percent in Western Kentucky and 41 percent in Northern Kentucky.
Not surprisingly, he has an 80 percent approval rating among Democrats but only 29 percent among Republicans. Another 48 percent of Independents give him a favorable rating.
McConnell has lower ratings among both men and women and negative ratings among Democrats and Independents while 62 percent of Republicans approve of his performance.
He doesn’t top 50 percent approval in any sector of the state. That’s a big change from November when he easily won re-election with more than 60 percent of the vote.