Despite the recent outcry from Democrats and various special interest groups across the state, it appears that Kentuckians as a whole support Gov. Ernie Fletcher's handling of the state budget crisis.
The Louisville Courier-Journal's Bluegrass Poll released over the weekend showed that 61 percent of Kentuckians favored the governor's plan for cutting the state budget rather than raising taxes. Only 26 percent favored raising taxes.
On another issue that was a centerpiece of Fletcher's campaign for governor - limits on awards in medical malpractice cases - the Bluegrass Poll also showed strong public support. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed for the poll favor limits, according to The Courier-Journal, while only 24 percent said there should be no limit.
Actually, these figures should come as no surprise. It was only three months ago that Kentuckians gave Fletcher an overwhelming victory, and they should have had no doubts that he would work to make state government more efficient and that he was in favor of a constitutional amendment to limit malpractice awards.