Bluegrass Poll: Most Kentuckians think nation on wrong track

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The majority of Kentuckians say the nation is on the wrong track and want change, according to a new Bluegrass Poll.

The poll – conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV – found 69 percent say the United States is headed in the wrong direction compared to 21 percent who say it is on the right track.

When it comes to deciding who’s at fault, 34 percent of those polled say they blame President Barack Obama for the nation’s problems compared to 18 percent who blame Congress. Nearly half (48 percent) say the President and Congress share the blame.

As way to reinvent Congress, 62 percent of those polled said if they could they would vote to throw out every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Twenty-seven percent disagreed with the idea for Congress to start over with all new members.

Despite being re-elected, Obama has done little to win over the state’s voters. The Bluegrass Poll found 57 percent with an unfavorable opinion of the President.

While Kentucky has been singled out as one of the most successful states in implementing a health exchange, 56 percent of Kentuckians say the Affordable Care Act nicknamed “Obamacare” goes too far in changing the health care system.

By mid-April, 413,410 of the state’s previous 640,000 uninsured signed up for Kentucky’s exchange called kynect.

For the poll, SurveyUSA interviewed 2,000 Kentucky adults May 14 to 16. Of the adults, 1,782 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 747 were registered Republicans, and of them, 605 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the May 20 Republican Primary, 1,475 were determined to be likely to vote in the November 4 general election. This survey was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

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