Lee's approval rating holds steady in Vanderbilt poll
Gov. Bill Lee's approval rating in the latest Vanderbilt University poll is 56%, up one point from last December, as he turns toward his 2022 re-election bid.
- Meanwhile, President Biden's approval rating in Tennessee fell to 31%.
Why it matters: Vanderbilt's statewide poll offers insight into Tennessee voters' views on leadership, abortion and criminal justice.
State of play: The poll was conducted April 26-May 14. In the midst of polling, news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court seemed poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would quickly ban almost all abortions in Tennessee.
- The poll found 36% of respondents think abortion should be legal in all cases.
- An additional 44% favor allowing some legal abortions in cases of rape or incest or when the mother's life is in danger.
- Only 17% of respondents thought abortion should be outlawed altogether.
Meanwhile, the poll found bipartisan support for criminal justice reform at the national and state levels.
- 70% of respondents said the criminal justice system needs "major changes" or "a complete overhaul."
- And 72% said they supported using taxpayer dollars for convicted people to access rehabilitation programs such as mental health care or addiction treatment.
Between the lines: The poll surveyed 1,000 registered Tennessee voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points.
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