Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 19, 2014

Did Bluegrass Poll predict our future?


Journal-Times

Feb. 19, 2014 —     Life may have become much simpler for Kentucky voters recently when the Bluegrass Poll released its most recent survey.

    The poll was conducted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3 by SurveyUSA on behalf of WKYT-TV and the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington and WHAS-TV and the Courier-Journal in Louisville.

    In no particular order, the 1,082 registered voters who responded to the polling on various public issues expressed these opinions:

    • Alison Lundergan Grimes had a 4-point lead over U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, 46-42, but 12 percent are undecided. The poll’s margin of error is 3.1 percent so the race could be a dead heat.

    • By nearly 2-1, Kentuckians want the state minimum wage raised from $7.25 to $10.10 over a three-year period.

    • In a question directed to 404 registered GOP voters, McConnell is far ahead of Matt Bevin in the May 20 primary, 55-29, but Grimes is favored over both in head-to-head polling for November.

    • Kentuckians favor the legalization of medical marijuana, 52 percent to 37 percent.

    • A majority of voters also say they support a statewide smoking ban in public places.

    • The pollsters also found a majority of those surveyed favor the temporary levying of an additional one percent temporary state sales tax to finance local public projects.

    • U. S. Sen. Rand Paul should run for president in 2016, according to 33 percent of the Republicans polled.

     • Another 24 percent say he should go for another Senate term. And 16 percent said he should not run for anything.

    Public opinion polls are interesting and entertaining, especially in an election year. They can make or break campaigns, particularly in fund raising.

    In our view, the only polls that really count will be on May 20 and Nov. 4.

    If you don’t vote, don’t complain.