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Poll Places Bevin in Bottom Five of Country's Most Popular Governors

Office of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

Pushback to changes made to Kentucky’s public pensions and Medicaid program have led to a drop in Governor Matt Bevin’s job approval. 

A poll by Morning Consult suggests that Bevin is the fourth-least popular governor in the nation.

Fifty-seven percent of Kentucky voters said they disapproved of Governor Bevin’s job performance during the second quarter of this year, compared with 29 percent who backed him.  That’s a 25-point net dip from the first quarter.

During this year's legislative session, teachers were already upset with the governor over changes to their pension plans when he suggested that students faced physical or sexual harm being home while they protested in Frankfort.  Bevin later apologized for the remarks.  The first term governor has also faced a barrage of opposition for instituting a work requirement for some Medicaid recipients. 

The governor’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.  Governor Bevin hasn't said if he will seek re-election next year.

In the same poll, the governors of Tennessee and Indiana fared better.  Voters in the Hoosier state gave first-term Republican Governor Eric Holcomb a 52 percent approval rating.  Fifty-five percent of Tennessee voters said they approved of GOP Governor Bill Haslam’s job performance. 

The survey was taken between April 1-June 30 and questioned more than 326,000 registered U.S. voters.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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