By Tom Humphrey
NASHVILLE - Gov. Phil Bredesen, the titular head of the Democratic Party in Tennessee, won a favorable rating from 74 percent of Tennesseans in a statewide poll commissioned by the Tennessee Newspaper Network and WBIR-TV, Channel 10.
But the titular head of the national Democratic Party, President Barack Obama, is held in similar esteem by just 34 percent of Tennesseans, according to the survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.
Bredesen, who is winding up his second four-year term and is barred by the state constitution from seeking another term, was given an "excellent" rating by 26 percent of all respondents while another 48 percent rated his performance as good, for the combined 74 percent favorable total. Only 7 percent labeled Bredesen's performance as "poor."