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Beshear is the most popular Democratic governor in the nation, according to new poll

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FILE- In this Dec. 12, 2019 file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a press conference before signing an executive order to reinstate the voting rights of over 100,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear is calling for bipartisan cooperation during a legislative session that will be dominated by work on a new two-year state budget. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

A new Morning Consult poll holds some good news for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, who won the highest approval rating among his Democratic peers across the country.

The stat may sound surprising in a deeply red state, which narrowly elected Beshear in 2019. But, according to the survey conducted in the early months of 2022, 59% of respondents in Kentucky approved of the governor's job performance. Just 36% disapproved.

While that placed Beshear at the top among Democratic governors in the country, the poll showed all but eight incumbent governors are backed by 50% or more of their state's voters.

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Not a single Democrat ranked among the 10 most popular governors, but Beshear came close at number 12.

The Morning Consult survey sampled at least 601 registered voters in every state from the start of the year through the end of March.

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.