Which political party do these famed Kentuckians belong to? You might be surprised


Everybody knows that Gov. Matt Bevin is a Republican and Mayor Greg Fischer a Democrat.

But what about Archbishop Joseph Kurtz? Or University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich? Or attorney Darryl Issacs, the heavy hitter?

How about University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto? Or U of L’s acting president, Dr. Greg Postel? Or the board chairman, J. David Grissom?

While we’re at it, what about radio personality Terry Meiners? Or Courier-Journal President Wes Jackson? Or WDRB opinion giver and General Manager Bill Lamb?

Welcome to the first (and probably last) CJ Celebrity Voter Registration Quiz ™

 

TAKE THE QUIZ! Democrat, Republican or independent?

Before we get started, here are some tips.

► Eighty-five percent of political contributions from car dealers go to Republicans.

► Only 2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs admitted in a recent survey that they are Democrats.

► Most psychiatrists and pediatricians are Democrats, but most surgeons, urologists and radiologists are Republicans.

► Football coaches skew Republican.

Kentucky is one of the 26 states that require voters to register by party – or at least declare they belong to no party. Besides the two major parties, voters also can declare themselves independent or register with any one of four minority parties, such as the Socialist Workers Party in Kentucky, which has 112 adherents.

Although independents now form the plurality or majority in eight states, they are not so abundant in Kentucky, where only 10 percent are registered as “I” or “O,” for other.

Democrats enjoy a bare majority statewide – 51 percent – but the figure rises to 57 percent in Louisville. 

And 57 percent of female voters statewide are Democrats. 

Party registration doesn’t get you much – other than the right to vote in a primary. But social scientists say it is a lens that affects how a person perceives the world. Partisan voters judge character flaws more harshly in rival candidates than their own, believe the economy is doing better if their own side is in power and underplay scandals and failures of their own side.

One last tip: Most people register with the same party as their parents — unless Mom and Dad are of different parties or identify with neither party, in which case the young voter is likely to register as an independent.

And few people ever switch, especially after age 35, after which fewer than 5 percent change parties.

Finally, if you know somebody’s date of birth, you can look up their registration at the state Voter Information Center. For $450, you can buy the whole roll, if you’re a duly authorized candidate, a political party or a news organization. But we bought it so you don’t have to.

Without further ado, this is our quiz – and how our celebrity voters picked their party. Give yourself 3 points for every correct answer. If you score between 90 percent and 100 percent, quit your job and launch your new career as a political consultant.

 

 

 

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