Yep, he really does suck:
Kentucky's Matt Bevin hasn't won many popularity contests after being elected governor in 2015.
His publicized fights with the teacher's unions over pensions and with people on social media has led to polls consistently ranking him as one of the least popular governors in the country.
Bevin for the first time snagged the bottom spot Thursday morning in a poll released by Morning Consult, a non-partisan polling firm based in Washington, D.C.
The poll gives Democrats hope since Kentucky's Republican governor faces re-election campaign this year. Democrats will pick their candidate in a May 21 primary.
Kentucky Democrats in the past 20 years have lost both houses of the state legislature and all but one statewide office in Kentucky.
Morning Consult's poll of Kentucky voters showed 33 percent approved of Bevin while 52 percent didn't. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus one percent.
The rankings do not include information about why survey respondents approve or disapprove, but the origins of Bevin’s unpopularity might include his recent feuds with:
- Public school teachers, whose pension protests he has vehemently opposed. Thursday’s shooting comment wasn’t a one-off — in 2018, when Kentucky teachers rallied for pension protection and public education funding, he directly blamed them for sexual assaults, poisonings and injuries he claimed had happened while children were home alone. (He later apologized and said he hadn't spoken clearly.)
- His own attorney general, Democrat Andy Beshear, with whom he has been at odds over a cornucopia of issues throughout his time in office. Beshear is also among the challengers who hope to unseat Bevin on Election Day.
He’s not alone as an unpopular Kentucky politician, although at least Mike Pence seems to like him. Morning Consult’s data listed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a prominent supporter of Trump administration policy goals such as healthcare and tax overhaul, as the 94th most popular senator out of 100.
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