LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2003) -- University of Kentucky Lexington Community College political science students today released the results of their latest political-issues poll. Now in its 16th year, this semiannual poll has a record of successfully predicting winners in major political races.
Results indicate that Central Kentuckians favor Ernie Fletcher in the gubernatorial race, oppose installing slot machines at racetracks, and oppose a sales tax on services.
Conducted Sept. 17-25 by students in LCC political science classes of instructors Tim Cantrell and Don Ferris, the poll surveyed 1,142 registered voters in Fayette County and surrounding counties on topics such as the Kentucky governor’s race, the counterterrorism effectiveness of the Iraqi war, and the preferred time for bar closings in Lexington.
LCC instructor Hossein Motamedi, who directed the poll this semester, is in the process of assuming leadership of the survey. Cantrell originated the poll and directed it for 16 years. Motamedi said the students who conduct the poll learn valuable lessons about public opinion and benefit from talking to the public. He said the poll was taken in Central Kentucky and does not represent a state-wide poll.
2.9 percent margin of error
All numbers are rounded-off percentages
1. Are you registered as a Democrat or Republican?
a. Democrat 64
b. Republican 33
c. Other 3
2. In general, how do you feel George W. Bush has done his job as president so far?
a. Outstanding 18
b. Good 33
c. Fair 22
d. Poor 26
e. Undecided 2
3. Kentucky’s budget is several million dollars short of the current needs. To solve this problem, would you favor including sales taxes on services?
a. Yes 26
b. No 64
c. Undecided 10
4. If the election were being held today, who would be your choice for Kentucky governor?
a. Ben Chandler 40
b. Ernie Fletcher 45
c. Undecided 15
5. If the election were being held today, who would be our choice for attorney general?
a. Gatewood Galbraith 26
b. Greg Stumbo 36
c. Jack Wood 12
d. Undecided 26
6. If the election were being held today, who would be your choice for secretary of agriculture?
a. Alice Baesler 33
b. Richie Farmer 47
c. Undecided 20
7. In the current court cases concerning ownership of the water company, which side do you favor?
a. City of Lexington 44
b. Kentucky American Water Co. 40
c. Undecided 17
8. Do you feel the war on Iraq is going to:
a. Decrease terrorism against the U.S. 33
b. Increase terrorism against the U.S. 30
c. Will have little impact on terrorism against the U.S. 31
d. Undecided 6
9. How do you feel about the proposal to allow Kentucky horse racetracks to install slot machines?
a. Favor 39
b. Oppose 48
c. Undecided 13
10. Do you support President Bush’s request for an extra $87 billion to support the war and reconstruction of Iraq?
a. Yes 46
b. No 47
c. Undecided 7
a. Male 44
b. Female 56
Fayette County residents only (3.5 percent margin of error for the 802 persons polled)
12. In general, how do you feel Teresa Isaac has done her job as mayor so far?
a. Outstanding 7
b. Good 30
c. Fair 35
d. Poor 24
e. Undecided 4
13. The City of Lexington is considering changing the closing time of bars from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Do you support this?
a. Yes 39
b. No 42
c. Undecided 9
14. The City of Lexington is considering selling some unused and underused buildings and real property that it currently owns. Do you support this?
a. Yes 61
b. No 21
c. Undecided 18