Bluegrass Poll

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Governor Fletcher is viewed unfavorably by nearly half of all voters as he seeks re-election while at the same time his job-approval rating is on the rise, according to a new poll.

Conducted February 8-14 by The Courier-Journal, the Bluegrass Poll questioned 801 adult Kentuckians about the job Fletcher is doing and 723 registered voters about how they view the candidates. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the full sample and 3.6 points for the sub sample of registered voters.

On the Republican side, Fletcher enjoys almost universal name recognition, reaching 93 percent among respondents. Challenger and former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville is closest to Fletcher in name recognition, with 64 percent of voters saying they have heard of her.

Fletcher's job-approval rating has bounced back 9 percentage points since a September 2005 poll, when he bottomed out at 38 percent.

The latest poll found that 47 percent of those surveyed approve of the job he is doing.

But 49 percent of registered voters who recognized his name have an unfavorable opinion of him. Thirty percent said they view him favorably.

In the Democratic primary field, former lieutenant governors Steve Henry and Steve Beshear lead in name recognition. But large numbers of voters say they don't know much about the seven candidates.