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Bevin Approval Edges Up In Latest Morning Consult Ratings

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The latest survey from Morning Consult shows Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin improving his standing with voters, lifting the Republican incumbent out of his spot as America’s “least popular governor.” Yet Bevin’s approval numbers remain lopsided.

It wasn’t all good news for the re-election hopeful in the latest quarterly Governor Approval Ratings released by Morning Consult. Just 34 percent of those polled say they approve of the unconventional first term Republican and 53 percent disapprove. But his net approval bumped up 5 percentage points since the last poll.

And those numbers were enough to take away a common Democratic talking point – that Bevin is the least popular governor in the country. That distinction now belongs to Rhode Island Democrat Gina Raimondo.

At the second gubernatorial debate this week, Bevin supporter Greg Brannon said, while his style isn’t for everyone, Bevin is being blamed for problems he inherited from previous administrations.

"There are some things I wish he wouldn't say sometimes, but I think he's run the state well," he told WUKY. "He's made hard decisions that are never going to be popular." 

An independent Mason Dixon poll released this week showed Bevin and his Democratic rival, Andy Beshear, in a dead heat at 46 percent each.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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