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Brownback, Roberts, Moran have high disapproval ratings, according to new poll


A new SurveyUSA pollfinds that Kansas' Republican political leaders have high job disapproval ratings.

Fifty-eight percent of Kansans disapproved of the job Gov. Sam Brownback was doing while 35 percent approved. U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran had 53 percent and 50 percent disapproval ratings while 35 percent and 37 percent approved, the poll said.

Although within the margin of error, the Republicans' approval rates were even lower than President Barack Obama's, a Democrat, who had a 42 percent approval rate and 56 percent disapproval.

The poll also shows that Democrat Paul Davis, who is challenging Brownback in the 2014 election, has low name identification.

Eight of 10 voters were either neutral or had no opinion about Davis when asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him. In fact, his name ID was so low, the pollsters referred to him as "Paul David" instead of "Paul Davis."

Davis' campaign said SurveyUSA planned to re-do that portion of the poll. But Davis' camp said the point of the poll was that it showed that their candidate at this point lacks name ID.

When the poll asked individuals' opinion of Brownback, 22 percent were favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, while the remaining were either neutral or had no opinion.

Meanwhile, Davis was at 7 percent with a favorable opinion, 13 percent unfavorable, while 80 percent were either neutral or had no opinion.

In addition, only 29 percent of those polled approved of the job the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature was doing, while 61 percent disapproved.

The poll of 532 registered voters was released earlier this week and conducted on behalf of KWCH-TV in Wichita. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. Of those polled, 41 percent were Republicans, 30 percent Democrats, and 29 percent independents.


Andrew Dufour 4 years, 6 months ago

Umm, maybe I'm missing something but is it at least possible that part of the reason "Paul David" had a low name ID is because people don't know "Paul David" but may know "Paul Davis." It seems pretty disingenuous to claim a low name ID of a person who doesn't exist. I'm fairly certain that Sam Brownstone would have a low name ID too.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 6 months ago

You neglected Pat Robertson and Jerry Moranovich.

Andrew Dufour 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh I agree that Davis likely has low name recognition, I'm just pointing out that the survey is basically useless if they admit to using the wrong name. It's just comical that they even published the Davis results.

Chuck Woodling 4 years, 6 months ago

Are there any politicians anywhere with high approval ratings?

Bob Forer 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey Chuck. Loved reading your sports columns while growing up in Lawrence. In fact, back then the sports section was by far the best part of the newspaper. (Not to denigrate Tom--he does a fine job and has a great staff of writers).

Hope you are enjoying your retirement.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 6 months ago

An interesting sidelight here is that the poll ws couched in "disapproval" ratings. I'm not a pollster, nor a statistician, but isn't asking a negative question in a poll apt to elicit a negative answer?

In other news, it seems as if, even after all the legislation passed by Kansas that is anti-something, the voters still are slow to peel away from lthe current legislature and "leadership". I wonder if there is any groundswell against the neo-Republicans that has begun or will ever begin.

In other words, is Kansas doomed by its voters to more social engineering and "Christianization"? Seems a bleak outlook for the state, in my oopinion.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

Brownback,Moran and Roberts appear to have adopted ALEC as their master. As I see it the entire republican delegation has made this choice. Of course on the campaign trail they will come off as populist republicans which in and of itself is a fraud.

Their votes consistently speak louder than their campaign rhetoric. A fascist government will never improve the economy of Kansas or the USA. Neither will a Fascist form of government restore the salaries that USA workers spent so many decades developing in their never ending effort to improve the quality of life for America.

The United States of ALEC has a frightening and cold ring. Knowing more about the enemies to public education, the working class and our communities is important.

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/02-9

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