-PPP's newest Kentucky poll continues to find that Hillary Clinton would have the potential to make the state competitive in 2016, something no Democrat's been able to do since her husband was on the ballot. Clinton has a positive favorability rating at 45/43 in the state, an impressive feat for any national Democrat. She musters a tie with home state Senator Rand Paul at 45, and leads early Republican front runner Marco Rubio by a 46/40 margin.
Kentuckians are cool toward a potential Paul Presidential bid. 30% want him to run in 2016, while 50% think he should not. He would be the top choice of Republicans in the state though- 31% say he would be their preferred candidate to 17% for Rubio, 13% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Chris Christie, 4% for Bobby Jindal, 3% for Paul Ryan, 2% each for Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, and 1% for Susana Martinez.
-Kentucky voters are evenly divided on the passage of stricter gun laws. 46% are supportive of them and 46% are opposed. Those kinds of numbers in a very conservative state like Kentucky reinforce national numbers showing pretty strong support for more stringent gun control.
-Support for gay marriage is on the rise nationally but it's going to be a long time before Kentucky voters get behind it. Only 27% of voters in the state think it should be legal, compared to 65% who think it should be illegal. Even among Democrats there's still 37/54 opposition. 52% of Kentuckians do though support at least civil unions for same sex couples compared to only 44% who believe those relationships should receive no legal recognition at all. That divide- opposition to marriage, support for civil unions- is what we find throughout most of the south.
-Kentuckians have a higher opinion of Lexington (+57 favorability at 67/10) than they do of Louisville (+46 at 61/15), although both are pretty popular. 72% of voters in the state consider themselves to be southerners to 22% who do not.
-And finally there's no doubt Kentucky is Reds country- 38% of voters in the state pick them as their favorite baseball team to 9% for the Cardinals, 7% for the Braves and Cubs, 4% for the Red Sox and Yankees, and 1% for the Indians.
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