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On January 9, 2009, Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 170) along with Representatives Linda Belcher, Melvin B. Henley, Charlie Hoffman, Joni L. Jenkins, Jimmie Lee, Mary Lou Marzian, Darryl T. Owens, Don Pasley, Jody Richards, Dottie Sims, and Susan Westrom.

A survey of 800 Kentucky voters conducted on December 17-18, 2008 showed 80% overall support for a national popular vote for President. Support was 88% among Democrats, 71% among Republicans, and 70% among independents. By age, support was 81% among 18-29 year olds, 79% among 30-45 year olds, 78% among 46-65 year olds, and 83% for those older than 65. By gender, support was 87% among women and 72% among men. By race, support was 80% among whites (representing 91% of respondents), 77% among African-Americans (representing 6% of respondents), and 81% among Others (representing 3% of respondents). The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.