Archive for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gov. Brownback’s approval rating falls; Kansas GOP disputes poll

January 31, 2012


— Buoyed by the findings of a new poll, Kansas Democrats on Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, is out of touch with Kansans’ priorities.

Thirty-six percent of Kansans approve of Brownback’s job performance, according to the latest SurveyUSA poll. The poll, conducted Jan. 19-24, was sponsored by KWCH-TV in Wichita. It represents a 19-point drop in Brownback’s approval ratings in one year.

Democrats said Brownback’s legislative proposals on overhauling the tax code and school finance formula have led to his falling numbers.

“This administration’s solutions for education are to slice funding to historically low levels and shift the burden of paying for schools to the backs of local property taxpayers,” state Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon said.

“This administration’s solutions for children are to eliminate tax laws like the Earned Income Tax Credit, which would throw an estimated 4,000 children into poverty, while wealthy corporations get the biggest windfall in state history.

“This administration’s solutions for jobs are to take away tax credits for home mortgages, while writing a law that kowtows to wealthy corporations,” Wagnon added.

But Republican Party Chairwoman Amanda Adkins said the poll failed “the common-sense test.”

The poll also showed 38 percent of Kansans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 41 percent for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas.

“How seriously can you believe a poll that shows President Obama, who received 41 percent of the Kansas vote, within three points of Senator Moran, who received 71 percent of the vote?” Adkins said. “That is nonsensical.”

Adkins said, “Our internal data shows a very different picture of Kansans’ support of the governor’s agenda to grow the economy and create jobs.” Adkins didn’t reveal details of what the party’s internal data showed.


deec 6 years, 1 month ago

Brownie is failing and the defense of his policies is essentially "Nyuh uh."

Scott Tichenor 6 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm, yea, OK. Predictable total nonsense excuses from the Kansas GOP. Who didn't expect that? Now looking forward to reading the spin job of the commentators here.

Can hardly wait.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 1 month ago

"Adkins didn’t reveal details of what the party’s internal data showed."

Talk about the Republican mantra. Here's a good example!

Hooligan_016 6 years, 1 month ago

The poll also showed 38 percent of Kansans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing and 41 percent for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas.

“How seriously can you believe a poll that shows President Obama, who received 41 percent of the Kansas vote, within three points of Senator Moran who received 71 percent of the vote?” Adkins said. “That is nonsensical.”


Adkins, logic makes zero sense, please try again.

tolawdjk 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, see, people don't like Moran either.

And the people in Kansas that voted for Obama, are still, generally, pretty happy with him.

chootspa 6 years, 1 month ago

Which is why it's important to look at the survey's methodology and margin of error. SurveyUSA is actually a reputable firm, unlike Rasmussen.

beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

More people in Kansas approve of President Obama than Governor Brownback? Now that is funny.

Kim Murphree 6 years, 1 month ago

You know, if Adkins had anything substantive in the way of stats that would undermine the poll, she would have been waving the information in front of the faces of reporters. Sure bet, the INSIDE information is something in the koolaid.

Hooligan_016 6 years, 1 month ago

Adkins' poll was probably conducted with Real Americans™

tomatogrower 6 years, 1 month ago

Her opinion trumps science, don't you know. Opinion is fact to the Republicans.

chootspa 6 years, 1 month ago

“How seriously can you believe a poll that shows President Obama, who received 41 percent of the Kansas vote, within three points of Senator Moran who received 71 percent of the vote?” Adkins said. “That is nonsensical.”

Right, because people never never change their minds once an election is over.

chootspa 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh, I also realized another flaw when I went to go look up specifics. Moran had a much lower rate of people who actively disliked him than Obama did, and he also had a much higher "don't know" response. Why? Because this question was asked of the entire state. If he's not your senator or you don't pay a lot of attention to politics, you're going to just not form a strong opinion, either way.

cummingshawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Unlike US House districts, there are none for the US Senate, each senator is representative of the entire state.

chootspa 6 years, 1 month ago

You're right. I was mixing it up with the state senate. It reinforces the point, though. Unless you're paying close attention to the senate, you don't have a strong opinion and are more likely to say you just don't know.

jehovah_bob 6 years, 1 month ago

Brownback's party gets their information from Twitter polls.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 1 month ago

The bottom must have fallen out for this clown to go any lower!

HelenaBertinelli 6 years, 1 month ago

Good to see the people of this state are finally holding leaders accountable for their failures. The whole bit about the poll being unreliable because Obama had almost as much support as Moran is nothing more than a ridiculous attempt to detract from the point that Brownback is losing favor. It appears people are unhappy with the job he is doing and have changed their minds about supporting him. Kudos to Kansas, and wow, it is about time!

Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

Agreed. Even though Kansas is strongly Republican, we have had our share of Democratic governors. While there is a very strong, vocal and well organized right wing, the majority of Republicans tend to be more moderate, and while they will usually give the Republican the benefit of the doubt when voting, many Kansas are not above changing their mind once disillusioned with the politician's performance. I think this speaks highly of some of them.

Brownback is far from being guaranteed reelection. A strong opponent will give him a run for his money, and could in fact defeat him. Jim Ryun ring any bells?

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

Interestingly, even at his previous approval ratings, he only got 55% approval (55-19=36).

That's a rather small majority, hardly the overwhelming approval that Brownback supporters seem to think he has in KS.

Kansass 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh no, Sam!!

The people are seeing you for what you are. Maybe you should listen to all the people and not just your Koch masters and far right loons.

somedude20 6 years, 1 month ago

We all can call Satan evil but it doesn't stop him from doing evil. This poll could say that only 1% of Kansans enjoys Brownback but we are still stuck with that buggered bugger and the things he is doing to this state and its people

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 1 month ago

It is no surprise Brownback's poll numbers are this low. He has done so many ill conceived and ill considered things in his first 12 months that he has lost the confidence of all but the most ideological and ardent supporters (the religious right).

Brownback at 36% is awesome. Obama at 38% is priceless.

gudpoynt 6 years, 1 month ago

A lady never shows the details of her internal data.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 1 month ago

Glad to see the people of Kansas are paying attention to the coyotes in the chicken house.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

The vote was a long time ago. I think people are responding to what they see as happening now. Governor Brownback is pleasing the Koch bros. He seems to ignore everyone but Florida boys and the Koch bros. If anyone doesn't get on Brownbacks boat, he promises to throw them out. People notice he threatened to ruin moderate Republicans. Poeple noticed his tax and school plans. And not every republican thinks the elderly, the sick are nobodies. The Koch bros seem to think people will buy any ad they put out. I won't be voting for "OIL" or believing coal is clean. I don't believe the Koch machine is really the voice of a single mother or working family. Too much hype and not enough jobs, while he and his friends actually laugh about foreclosures.

jae 6 years, 1 month ago

That was the best comment yet! Thanks for the laugh.

KWCoyote 6 years, 1 month ago

Any time a politician runs as one thing and then turns out to be something else, some of his supporters will disapprove. It's likely that some of the people who voted for Brownback are NOT wingnuts, teabaggers, John Birchers and libertarian anarchists. There must be a lot of independents in Kansas up for grabs now. Democrats will do very well in November if they stand up for education, for science (don't bash the global warming theory), environmental protection (support re-routing the Keystone pipeline away from the Ogallalah Aquifer), the safety net (all the workers who were laid off and out of a job now), financial regulation to prevent future meltdowns, income taxation (don't dump on the poor and old with sales and property taxes), and workers' rights (workplace health and safety, healthcare). In this Bible-thumping state, Dems should cite the Bible themselves on fair pay (feed the ox that grinds out the grain), loving your neighbor as yourself (with public policies that meet needs) and challenging wealth for wealth's sake (where are the jobs, where are the heavy-duty contributions to nonprofits that serve the needy, the scholarships to deserving poor students, etc). Dems should confront the argument my brother-in-law made, "Who hires you, a rich man or a poor man?" I haven't worked out the rebuttals to this, but there are some in terms of economics, justice and religion. Challenge Brownback's Catholicism, which as a church is pretty good for helping the poor and supporting progressive legislation.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 1 month ago

"Who hires you, a rich man or a poor man?" The answer is simple: "Neither one. And what on earth makes you think those are the only choices?"

KWCoyote 6 years, 1 month ago

Regarding US and Kansas energy, we're stuck with oil, gas and coal for a while, but the state has three engineering schools who could work on state-funded pilot energy projects and basic research. Why should the federal govt and its grants monopolize fusion energy research, for example? Why can't the state put up a couple million bucks plus some contributions from the state's major utilities (make the contributions fully tax-deductible) to work on fusion? Nothing would make more money in the long run than solving the fusion energy problem and selling the technology to the world. Sooner or later, someone's going to do it and make a fortune. Why not make that fortune here?

RogueThrill 6 years, 1 month ago

I applaud your direction, but a couple million bucks wouldn't put a dent in fusion research. Especially in a state where there isn't a fusion program. You would have to donate it to a group that already has a program established because you can't start one on that and I doubt Kansas is going to donate to somewhere like the National Ignition Facility.

Stephen Roberts 6 years, 1 month ago

Sure have him run. All he does in the KS Legislature is whine about the Republicans... Come one, go out and act like you are trying to work with the opposing party and then run for governor.

The only thing I ask, if anyone who holds an elected office wants to run for governor and their current term has not expired, then why don't they resign from their elected position and run for a higher office? If all politicians were not allowed to run for a higher office without resigning from their current office then things may be different.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 1 month ago

Kansas native and Democrat Arlen Spector for Governor.

Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

I would love to see Sandy Praeger run on either ticket. I very very rarely vote for a Republican but she would certainly have my vote. If she ran as a Republican I would probably switch party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so I could vote for her in the primary.

There is very little difference in Kansas between a Moderate Republican and Democrat. In fact there is a joke that states that the two parties in Kansas are Dems/Mod Repubs and Right Wingers.

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

Email I received from Brownback after I sent him an email detailing what I thought of his new tax plan.

"Thank you for taking the time to contact my office and for sharing with me your thoughts, suggestions, and concerns about the reduction of Income Tax in the State of Kansas . There is no better guide to tough decision-making than the views and concerns of my fellow Kansans.

When I took office, I pledged my Road Map for Kansas would lead to increases in net personal income and private sector employment. My pro-growth tax plan proposes to eliminate several itemized deductions to make Kansas tax policy fairer, flatter, and simpler. This simpler tax system will create a thriving business environment that encourages financial investment in Kansas and allows the state to position itself as a top economic performer. The elimination of deductions at the state level (with no impact on federal deductions) accomplishes these objectives while lowering individual income tax rates by 14 to 24 percent for everyone.
This plan will help the state reach our Road Map goals to grow the Kansas economy and create jobs.

All Kansans stand to gain more in the long run from the reduction of the state income tax. As individual income tax rates are reduced, so are itemized deductions because the overall income tax burden is lower for everyone. My pro-growth tax plan provides a legitimate path to ratchet down income tax rates to zero percent while continuing to fund the state's core responsibilities such as education, public safety and social services. Once the state income tax rates drop to 0 percent, the itemized deductions will be meaningless.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and recommendations with me. As we continue to move our State forward, please keep me informed on issues that are of concern to you. I encourage you to visit my website at or contact my office at 785-368-8500."

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

My reply will probably have his agents at my door, so if you don't hear from me again---

verity 6 years, 1 month ago

Thank you, autie. I feel better knowing that you are on my side.

Lucy37000 6 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps Adkins needs to wake up and realize that Obama has proven himself to be more for the people while Brownback has not. There is room in this state for people to come to an appreciation at 71% for both Obama and anybody else who does a good job.

As for their "internal data" that reminds me of Sontag the Snoop. I bet this "internal data" came from her snooping around, using unethical methods.

But if that's all Adkins has, I guess she has to go with it and earn her pay from Republicans.

George_Braziller 6 years, 1 month ago

If he currently has a 36% approval rating now and it has dropped 19% in one year the highest approval he ever had was 55%.

That's actually a 35% drop in approval just among the people who originally approved of him when he was elected. At that rate his approval rating will be 0% before the end of his third year as Governor.

Sam it's time to wake up.

Lucy37000 6 years, 1 month ago

But there is something positive about it all. I used to think, because he won by such a landslide, that Kansans are mostly dumb as dirt. However, it seems they may have just been a bit snowed back then. They're wising up, now. We could stand to get a whole lot wiser, though. A third of the people still think he's the chocolate on the peanut butter.

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