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Public opinion poll conducted by BCTC students show Chandler and Newberry ahead

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2010) According to a public opinion poll conducted by Bluegrass Community and Technical College students, incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler is ahead of Andy Barr in Kentuckys 6th Congressional District race and Mayor Jim Newberry is ahead of challenger Jim Gray in the Lexington mayoral election.

The BCTC Political Public Opinion Poll has been known for its accuracy with predicting the election results of the mayoral, house of representatives, gubernatorial, and presidential races.

BCTC associate professor of political science and history Hossein Motamedi has served as poll director for the past eight years. Motamedis American Government classes administer the BCTC Political Public Opinion Poll every fall and spring semester.

They learn about sampling, randomness, and how to conduct a political public opinion poll, which is part of studying the American Government; moreover, they also learn how to handle themselves as professionals on the telephone when interviewing voters, he said. For the past 20 years since this poll has been introduced, it has not been wrong once in predicting the elections results.

The students polled 664 frequent voters in the Central Kentucky region. The survey consists of questions regarding current local, state and national races and local, state and national issues.

The survey included questions on the job performance of President Barack Obama, Gov. Steve Beshear, the Kentucky legislature, and Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt. Respondents were also asked questions regarding expenditures on the World Equestrian Games, the importance of development downtown Lexington, and the tax-supported, single-payer health care system.

View the BCTC Public Opinion Poll survey results here. For more information about the poll, contact BCTC associate professor Hossein Motamedi at hossein.motamedi@kctcs.edu or (859) 246-6321.