Voters Unsure Which Issues Will Influence Their Votes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A new survey says Kentucky voters may be more concerned with creating new jobs than the issue of legalizing casino gambling.

The Herald-Leader/Action News 36 Election Poll finds 18 percent of all respondents listed job creation as the most important issue. But casino gambling came in a close second with 17 percent of responses.

Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher is seeking a second term amid opposition from Democratic challenger Steve Beshear in one of three governor's races in the country this year.

Fletcher opposes casino gambling, and has attempted to make the election essentially a referendum on the issue. Beshear supports casino gambling, and stressed it during his primary election as a way to bring in extra money to the state's coffers.

The poll surveyed 600 likely voters between September 10th and September 13th and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points. It was conducted by Research 2000, an Olney, Md.-based firm.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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