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Public opinion poll conducted by BCTC students shows Romney ahead

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 1, 2012) According to a public opinion poll conducted by Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College students, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is ahead of incumbent, President Barack Obama by 1.4 percent.

The BCTC Political Public Opinion Poll is known for its accuracy in predicting the election results of local, state and national political races.

Hossein Motamedi, BCTC associate professor of political science and history, has served as poll director for the past ten years. His American Government classes administer the 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, Motamedi said. Since this poll has been introduced, it has not been wrong once in predicting the election results.

The students polled 508 frequent voters in the Central Kentucky region. The survey consists of questions regarding current local, state and national races.

The survey also asked how respondents felt about President Obamas job performance so far. Ten percent said outstanding, 35.8 percent said good, 30.9 percent said bad, 18.9 percent said below average and 4.1 said undecided.

Also included in the survey were questions about the job performance of Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Jim Gray, the Kentucky legislature and Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt. Click here to view the entire poll.