Bluegrass Poll: Kentuckians disapprove of President, ‘Obamacare’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - President Barack Obama didn’t carry Kentucky in either of his elections and remains just as unpopular among voters in the state who also want his signature health care initiative dubbed “Obamacare” repealed.

A new Bluegrass Poll – conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV – found 60 percent of Kentuckians disapprove of the President’s performance. Only a third of those polled say they approve of his performance as command-in-chief.

“Six years on the national stage have done nothing to improve Obama’s standing in Kentucky,” said WKYT political editor Bill Bryant. “He does find stronger support in Louisville and Lexington.”

Obama’s toughest critics were in eastern Kentucky where 77 percent of those polled say they disapprove of his performance and only 21 percent approved.

During his first presidential campaign, Obama courted young voters across the country but seems to not won them over in Kentucky. Nearly three out of her five voters polled between 18 and 34 years old said they disapprove of his performance. Obama’s toughest critics were those between 50 and 64 years old.

When asked whether the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, 49 percent of those polled said yes compared to 44 percent who said it should be implemented and fixed. The remaining seven percent were unsure.

Kentucky has been singled out as one of the most successful states in implementing a health exchange. Almost 200,000 of the state’s previous 640,000 uninsured have signed up for Kentucky’s exchange called Kynect.

For the poll, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,200 adults with home phones and cell phones between January 30 and Tuesday. Of the adults, 1,082 were registered to vote in the state with 404 being registered Republicans eligible to vote in the May Republican primary. Primary questions asked only of Republicans. Other questions were asked of all registered voters.

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