Mason-Dixon Poll Shows Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear Most Popular Statewide Official In Kentucky
Gov. Beshear’s Approval Rating at 55%, Higher Than KY’s Republican Senators
The majority of Kentuckians continue to support Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear after his first year in office, according to a new poll released by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. Gov. Beshear’s approval rating is at 55%, which is higher than both of the state’s Republican Senators, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell.
Just three months after Gov. Beshear took office, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in the state. Since then, Gov. Beshear has taken decisive, life-saving steps to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect the state’s economy, and keep the public informed at every step of the way. The governor has put Kentuckians first by improving public education, expanding access to affordable health care, and restoring voting rights to more than 170,000 nonviolent offenders.
Gov. Beshear also launched the Team Kentucky Fund to help struggling Kentuckians pay for bills and necessities during the pandemic. So far, the fund has raised more than $3.7 million and has assisted 3,662 Kentucky families.
The governor’s common sense, bipartisan approach to governing has earned him many fans – his daily COVID-19 briefings became must-watch viewing in Kentucky, a Facebook meme group turned him into a social media star, and local business owners named products after him.
It’s no wonder Gov. Beshear is more popular than Kentucky Republicans. Republicans in the state legislature are attempting to strip the governor of his emergency powers, which have allowed the governor to implement popular life-saving measures such as the state’s mask mandate.
“This polling shows that Kentuckians recognize Gov. Andy Beshear’s steady, life-saving leadership during this crisis,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Christina Amestoy. “Gov. Beshear has prioritized public health over partisanship, and has worked hard to protect people’s lives and their livelihoods by providing much-needed financial relief. Republicans in Kentucky should stop playing political games and follow Gov. Beshear’s lead.”