Here are more findings from the latest Rasmussen Reports Tracking Poll that you may find interesting.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) approve of Democratic Governor Steve Beshear’s job performance, with 17% who strongly approve. Forty-one percent (41%) disapprove, including 16% who strongly disapprove.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Kentucky voters favor the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Fifty-seven (57%) percent oppose it. Opposition is higher in Kentucky than nationally. As in much of the country, the antis feel more strongly: 25% strongly favor the plan, but 45% strongly oppose it.
Twenty-four percent (24%) say the quality of health care will get better if the reform plan passes, but 53% say it will get worse. While one of the stated goals of the plan is to drive down the cost of health care, only 17% say the plan will actually achieve that. Fifty-six percent (56%) say the cost will go up.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) expect passage of the plan to increase the federal budget deficit. Five percent (5%) think the plan will reduce the deficit, and 19% say it will have no impact.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters in the state believe it is at least somewhat likely that taxes will be raised on the middle class to pay for the health care plan. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it is very likely. Only14% say a middle-class tax hike is not very or not at all likely.
Only five percent (5%) of voters in the state give good or excellent marks to the U.S. economy. Forty-five percent (45%0 rate it as poor.
Thirty-six percent (36%) say the economy is getting better, while 37% say it’s getting worse. For 21%, it’s staying the same.
However, 52% worry that the federal government will do too much in reacting to the nation’s economic problems. Thirty-two percent (32%) fear the government won’t do enough.
John McCain carried Kentucky by 17 points over Barack Obama in last November’s election. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Kentucky voters now approve of the president’s job performance, including 29% who strongly approve. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with 41% who strongly disapprove. This is slightly worse than the president’s job approval ratings nationally as measured by the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
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