Results are in for the latest Big Red Poll

Published: Apr. 19, 2018 at 10:43 AM CDT
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The WKU Social Science Research Center just released the latest Big Red Poll.

The poll included a landline and cell phone survey of 531 Kentucky residents from April 11-15, 2018.

Residents who participated answered questions about their approval ratings of politicians like President Trump, Governor Bevin, Senator McConnell, and Senator Paul.

According to the poll, 45% approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, 45% disapprove, and 10% are undecided.

The poll displayed Kentuckian's distaste with state lawmakers as well.

In one category of the poll, Governor Matt Bevin's approval rating sat at just 32 percent, that's down 12 percent down from the last poll in November, and a seven percent decline before the Governor's remarks about teachers protesting pension bills.

"There's been negative publicity because one thing we found was that people overwhelmingly disproved of how he [Gov. Bevin] handled the pension situation," says Dr. Joel Turner, Director of the Social Science Research Center at WKU. "I think some of that is policy but probably more to do with some of the comments he made."

Surveyors also asked about the opinion of Kentucky's senators, where numbers clearly show Rand Paul is the most favored politician in Kentucky. While 58 percent of the state disproves of state legislature, 45% approve of Rand Paul.

"That's been the pattern that we've seen. Of all the folks, he tends to be the most well liked of our senatoral figures. We don't, we haven't divided up and asked about individual House members and congressmen, but compared to Bevin's numbers and Senator McConnell's numbers, he's doing really well," mentions Dr. Turner.

The poll also includes questions about potential issues in the Commonwealth.

According to results, Kentuckians who participated in the survey say those issues are:

1.) Pension crisis 19%

2.) Opioid crisis 15%

3.) Education 10%

4.) All others combined 56%

The poll also asks questions about raising the age to purchase an AR-15, and about arming School Resource Officers.

To see the results of those questions, as well as approval ratings for the each lawmaker included in the survey, we've embedded the entire poll below.


The survey has a margin of error of +/- 4.2%.