Poll: McCain Remains In Lead With KY Voters

As the Presidential campaign heads into the final stretch, Sen. John McCain is keeping his strong lead with Kentucky voters. In statewide poll by WKYT-TV and The Lexington Herald-Leader, 55 percent of likely voters say they plan to vote for McCain versus 39 percent for Sen. Barack Obama.

The Kentucky poll results come as once again taxes takes the forefront of the war of words between McCain and Obama. Speaking in Florida today, McCain accused Obama of changing his tax plan because Americans “didn't like it.” He said Obama had added a work requirement to a proposal of a 10 percent mortage credit. An Obama aide says the change was made to avoid charges that the proposal gave "welfare" to non-working Americans.

Before heading to Hawaii to visit his ailing grandmother, Obama campaigned in Indiana and attacking McCain's approach to taxes. Speaking before a crowd of some 35,000 people in downtown Indianapolis, Obama again sought to turn traditionally red-state Indiana to blue, telling the throng that McCain's approach to taxes puts "corporations ahead of workers."

The WKYT/The Herald-Leader poll found that the majority of both men and women say they would vote for McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The McCain-Palin ticket would get the support of 59 percent of Kentucky men and 51 percent of women. Obama and his running mate Sen. Joseph Biden would garner 37 percent of the male vote and 41 percent of the female vote.

Along racial lines, Obama would be the clear victor in the African-American vote. Nine of every 10 African-Americans would vote for Obama. Among Kentucky white voters, McCain would garner 62 percent of the vote while Obama would get 32 percent.

With the exception of the third Congressional district which is solely made up of Louisville, the poll revealed that McCain leads Obama in all regions of the state. McCain’s strongest support was in the fourth Congressional district which is made up of northern Kentucky followed by the second Congressional district which includes suburban Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green and Owensboro.

Poll Methodology

WKYT and The Herald-Leader conducted the poll with the assistance of Research 2000 of Olney, Md. Between October 19 and 21, a total of 600 likely voters were interviewed statewide telephone.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross section of exchanges was utilized to ensure and accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect the voter registration of distribution by county.

The margin of error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus four percentage points. This means there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin of error is higher for any subgroup, such as gender or party affiliation.


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  • by Motley Location: Louisa, KY on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    Amethyst if you would read some scientific literature instead of just going to your superstitious nonsense you would understand just how ignorant your statements are. You have been badly misinformed. You are making judgment based on a hysterical first century myth, not reality.
  • by To Natasha in Georgetown on Oct 28, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    You say Obama has a "melting pot background that is perfect for our world." If that's the case, why does he claim he's black and not mixed race?
  • by Amethyst Location: Central KY on Oct 28, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    MammaT if you would read your Bible instead of just thumping it you would understand just how ignorant your statement is. You have been badly misinformed. You are making judgement based on a hysterical 19th century theory NOT the word of God.
  • by john Location: ky on Oct 28, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    as for the ones that said kentucky is a republican state why does ky most allways elect a democrat govner?
  • by Erin on Oct 28, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    To the person commenting To Jethro - Do your homework again. Does an underground parking garage sound familiar to you? You're too stupid to see through the kool aid.
  • by Kevin Location: Kentucky on Oct 28, 2008 at 03:52 AM
    Many of you seem to be too young to remember that the day Ronald Reagan took the oath of office the hostages were returned. The reason why is because the Iranians were scared of RR and had spent 440 days laughing at Jimmy Carter. No attacks on American soil during the Clinton years, you must be too young to remember the 1993 attack on the WTC as well as the escalating number of attacks by Radical Islamists around the globe. Yes, Clinton lobbed some missles at Bin Laden but I think he just ticked them off a little more; he definitely did not kill them. Some of you don't seem to understand that we live in a democracy and that George Bush deserves a lot of blame but so does Congress and so do the American people at large. George Bush did not encourage people who make 15k a year to have 40k credit card bills and interest only mortgages with adjustable interest rates. Let's see how Pelosi/Obama spread the wealth and enact "Economic Justice". Wait 4 years and reflect on your comments.
  • by To Jethro Location: Lex on Oct 27, 2008 at 09:58 PM
    During the Clinton Administration there were zero attacks on American soil.
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Oct 27, 2008 at 09:52 PM
    The last time I checked, this is still a free country and I can and WILL vote for whomever I desire.If I don't vote for Obama, you tell me I am racist.How about I vote for the person I agree the most with, no matter the color!! Most of my black friends are voting for Obama because he is black.. not because he is the best for the job. Noone is saying they are racists!! It goes both ways...Vote your heart and just plain vote!!!
  • by huh? Location: Lexington on Oct 27, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    @Jethro from Rat Cheer: I'd like to know where you and your wife make your money that yours has doubled and hers has tripled under Bush? It must be the oil industry or defense contracts, because those are the only two industries that have benefitted under his administration while all the others are suffering. And if you are in either of those sectors than you should be ashamed of yourself for robbing the American people and our troops by charging ridiculous prices for substandard equipment, and then calling it "work", when in actuality it's fraud. Being a Republican myself, I can tell you that the past 8 years have been a nightmare for most businessmen, and that during the Clinton years I made more money than I have since Johnson was President. I will not vote for McCain and continue losing the business that I've worked my life for out of party loyalty. I'd rather pay more in taxes and have more to spend, than to pay less in taxes and lose my rear!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    motley you would make Joseph Stalin clap with glee i guess the liberal school system is teaching this garbage to you start thinking for yourself and quit thinking with your emotions and watching this BS liberal news.

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