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Poll shows low approval rate for Brownback


Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback has one of the lowest approval ratings among U.S. governors, according to a poll released Tuesday, and is potentially vulnerable going into his 2014 re-election effort.

However, the poll also showed there's no indication that Democrats can field a candidate who can defeat Brownback in 2014, because of the state's strong Republican orientation.

Fifty-two percent of Kansans disapprove of Brownback's performance as governor, while 37 percent approve, according to Public Policy Polling, a national poling group.

“Sam Brownback’s really unpopular,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “The question is whether he’s unpopular enough to allow a Democratic challenger to overcome the very heavy Republican lean of the state.”

The North Carolina polling firm conducted its first-ever Kansas poll from Feb. 21-24 with a survey of 1,229 registered Kansas voters. The poll has a plus or minus margin of error rate of 2.8 percent.

Seventy-two percent of moderates disapprove of Brownback's job performance, as well as 30 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of independents.

Brownback's plan to phase out the state income tax is opposed by 48 percent of voters, while only 37 percent are supportive.

Brownback's former chief of staff David Kensinger, who now runs Brownback's policy organization, called Road Map Solutions, disagreed with the poll results. "That doesn't match up with the internal data we're seeing, or with other media exit polls or with actual election results," Kensinger said.

Kensinger said any governor in the country would love to run on Brownback's record.

But Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon said the poll shows Kansans "see through the fairy tale Brownback is spinning and understand his policies will hurt Kansas students, Kansas workers, and Kansas families."

When matched against six Democratic names, however, Brownback comes out ahead.

PPP tested Brownback against Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, former governor and current U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former Gov. Mark Parkinson, state Sen. Tom Holland, who ran against Brownback in 2010, former Kansas City, Kan. Mayor Joe Reardon, and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Brownback led Brewer, 44-40; Sebelius, 48-43; Parkinson, 45-39; Holland, 45-38; Reardon, 45-36; and Taylor, 44-32.

PPP said that despite Brownback's unpopularity, Republican domination in voter registration and the low profile of Democrats still give Brownback a lead. "Nevertheless, Brownback is stuck at the 44-45 mark in all of these matchups except the one against Sebelius, so if Democrats nominate a strong candidate and they build up their name recognition, they should at least have a shot in this race next year, " the polling firm said.


roadwarrior 1 year, 1 month ago

I sent Sandy Praeger an email encouraging her to run. Glad to see so many other people agree. I also called the Democratic Party Headquarters and begged them to get a candidate out there now ! They whined and cried about money but I told them, they have 2 years of free press to introduce and establish a candidate by simply commenting on each Brownback plan with one more sensible and having the press cover it. They hadn't thought about that. They said there are several potential candidates that aren't ready to step up yet. I asked them if Sebelius might send us a ringer to get established in the state but they hadn't thought about that either. Come on you guys, get creative !! I love the idea of democrats switching parties to vote in the primaries, that was brilliant ! Praeger could just go ahead and run as a Republican...and win !!


Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

Brownback does not care about approval ratings. His facist dictatorship is the agenda no matter what. This man is not a republican but more like Rt Wing Libertarian Neocon Fundamentalist Tea Partier for Economic Terrorism.

The poll information also reveals how little attention true republicans are paying to the person they elected. Then again that may be true about most voters.

The Brownback control teams have no more use for republicans than for democrats or any other thinkers that disagree with them. Democracy is not their game. Extreme corruption and deception ranks high within the right wing movement.


oletimer 1 year, 1 month ago

if the people of Kansas are stupid enough to keep voting in idiots like brownyback, they deserve everything they get. Unfortunately, the majority are the ones that are going to pay for the stupidity. God Help Us


bobberboy 1 year, 1 month ago

I can't believe his rating is'nt lower than that ! Almost a third of the voters think he's doing a good job !!?? Only in Kansas !!!!!!!!


George_Braziller 1 year, 1 month ago

Brownback doesn't stand a chance of being re-elected. I know conservative Republicans who think he's gone too far and regret voting for him. He has pissed off or alienated so many people I think that IF he made it through the primary he wouldn't win the election. It would go to the "anyone but Brownback" candidate.


Alyosha 1 year, 1 month ago

Deb Miller would make an excellent Governor to replace the clearly flailing Brownback.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 1 month ago

Some of us will get the last laugh when many of you will have to go back to work. The state needs to eleminate all the freebies to able bodied people and get them into a place where they can be a maker instead of a taker.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 1 month ago

Really now??? Is this news???? Brownbackwards unpopular??????

Damn ........!! What a revelation!!!

Don't tell the people west of Topeka, their religious idol is tarnished.

The emporer has no clothes.

Who voted for this guy?????????


Timothy Eugene 1 year, 1 month ago

You can always tell a Scott Rothschild article by the title. If it is anti-Republican, it's his. So much for no media bias, huh?

I guess this poll was taken using Douglas County and Wyandotte County voters.

While I haven't agreed with everything he has proposed (and you are a kool-aid drinking zombie if you DO agree with everything your leaders propose.... aka Oboma-bots) he and the Koch brothers are NOT destroying Kansas. This is their state too, why would they want to destroy it? Are their morals and values different from yours? Probably, if you are a baby killing, Constitution hating, anti-Christian loon.

Brownback wants Kansas to reflect his morals and values, just like YOU anti-Brownbacks want it to reflect yours. You get on here and tell people to quit complaining about Obama, he won, so he can do what he wants...well, take your own advice. Brownback won, and now he can try to do what he wants. There are checks-and-balances here just like the Federal government. If the legislatures disagrees with a proposal, they don't pass it. Simple.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 1 month ago

I think we're another election cycle away from a return to sanity in Kansas. Brownback and the other minions of the Koch Bros. will have to completely finish marginalizing the Republican Party as a far-right fringe party, and destroying the institutions and social fabric of Kansas before the moderate majority in Kansas can coalesce around a sane and governing political coalition.


WristTwister 1 year, 1 month ago

SR does not even attempt to hide his liberal bias. Some "journalist".


verity 1 year, 1 month ago

Let Sandy Praeger know you will support her.

If we just keep complaining and don't do anything, we will have Brownback until 2018. Doesn't matter how low his approval ratings go, if there is no other viable candidate, he will win. The ultra-crazies supporting him are highly motivated to vote because of fear. Fear is an excellent motivater.


ridikkulus 1 year, 1 month ago

There had to be a poll to know that Sam isn't popular? Wow...


sjgreen 1 year, 1 month ago

I was one of the voters called for this poll. It was my first time to be included in something like that. In the midst of all the serious political questions, they asked my favorite baseball team, favorite football team, and whether I preferred KU or K-State. Pretty good way to keep some interested during a long computer-generated call.


Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

Sandy has two options if she decides to run:

1) Go after Brownshirt in the primary, which would be very difficult. As pointed out by chootspa, primary turnout tends to favor the reactionary elements.

2) Switch parties and run against Sammy on the democratic ticket. I am sure the dems would love to have her. She would have a chance.


Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 1 month ago

“Sam Brownback’s really unpopular,”

Surprise, surprise.

Even the bible thumpers don't like him!


dabbindan 1 year, 1 month ago

here's the link to the poll: i found if quite easily. print and read and file as you see fit.


Bob_Keeshan 1 year, 1 month ago

"Kensinger said any governor in the country would love to run on Brownback's record."

Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, and Rick Scott, R-Florida, disagree. They want nothing to do with Brownback's record. And that's just two GOP governors in the past week.


optimist 1 year, 1 month ago

Leave it to Rothschild to write a story about a poll and provide no information about the questions. Who are these pollsters anyway? As if we should put any stock into this. If I were reading it in print I'd line my bird cage with it...if I had a bird cage; or a bird for that matter.


Hardhawk1 1 year, 1 month ago

A moderate republican has zero chance against Sam in the primary. Look what happened to the moderates in 2012. The fact is that the conservatives own the GOP primary because they actually vote. The democrats need to have a candidate who has name recognition and the ability to raise incredible amounts of money to even have a chance of being competitive. The conservatives have spent the last 20+ years working hard to get where they are today. They are not going to go away without a battle of epic proportions. Bottom line is regardless of popularity, the fact is that barring some unforeseen game changing development, Sam will cruise to a second term.


question4u 1 year, 1 month ago

"That doesn't match up with the internal data we're seeing, or with other media exit polls or with actual election results," Kensinger said.

All the evidence shows that the polls are biased and Mitt Romney will be our next president, Kensinger added.


lilyspurpleplasticpurse 1 year, 1 month ago

Dave Kensinger says this doesn't match up with his internal data. Neither does Brownback's budget figures. Two billion here, two billion there...just a simple accounting error.


lawrenceloser 1 year, 1 month ago

A dem isn't goin to win but a moderate Republican can. I would be willing to support a moderate Republican ove a democrat just to get Brownback out of there.


average 1 year, 1 month ago

Would that there were a Democrat in the state that even 5% of the state could identify. Jean Schodorf might be the closest to reaching that number.


Notfooled 1 year, 1 month ago

"That doesn't match up with the internal data we're seeing, or with other media exit polls or with actual election results,"

Got any proof of that Davy boy, or just making up crap?


Catalano 1 year, 1 month ago

Dear Sandy Praeger: Please primary Sam. Thank you.


Lane Signal 1 year, 1 month ago

Finally some evidence that the larger public (and some who call themselves Republicans) are catching on to Brownie's lies and incompetence. Good news.


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