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Poll: Brownback 47%; Davis 40%


A new poll out today shows Republican Gov. Sam Brownback with a lead over his likely Democratic challenger, Rep. Paul Davis of Lawrence.

The survey by Rasmussen Reports of 750 likely voters conducted April 16-17 shows Browback leading, 47 percent to 40 percent, with 6 percent preferring somebody else, and 7 percent undecided. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The polling firm also found GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas with a strong lead in a hypothetical match-up with former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, 54-37 percent.

Last week, the New York Times published a story saying Sebelius had been urged to return to Kansas and run against Roberts. But a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services secretary said Friday that she is not considering such a bid.

In October, SurveyUSA reported Brownback trailing 39-43 percent. But that was a survey of registered voters. The Rasmussen survey of likely voters may be more reflective of the population that actually turns out to vote in November.


Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years ago

Well, 750 perspective voters out of 2.88 million people in the state. Not a very comprehensive Poll. Up until this poll, all other polls had Brownback and Davis Tied and one or two had Davis with a very slight lead. Not bad for a Democrat in a Republican State with very little Name recognition. And Paul Davis's name recognition is getting better everyday. Seven months until Elections.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years ago

In the Spirit of Kris Kobach, I must ask: were these individuals questioned on the Poll Registered Voters? Had Their Citizenship Status been approved? Are they really Voters or did the Pollsters just Take their word for it? That should be Relevant. Can't prove who is on the other end of the Phone.

Lynn Grant 4 years ago

Perhaps they should take a poll after he signed the Education funding bill today. There are more than teachers that are upset about the policy issues.

Bob Forer 4 years ago

I fear Davis is going to have an uphill battle. He has a chance at winnng, but I think he needs to come out swinging against Brownback and clearly demarcate differences in the policies and how Brownback is slowly destroying the economy by serving the very wealthy.

Dan Eyler 4 years ago

This race for Kansas Governor hasn't even begun to discuss Obama and Obamacare, or skyrocketing debt, entitlements, taxes, jobs and the prize discussion will be the personal relationship between ex-governor Kathleen Sebillius, and her most trusted political brain trust.....non other than democrat and Lawrence left wing progressive candidate for governor, Paul Davis. Let's have a discussion about education while we're at it. I'm looking forward to watching and listening to Paul Davis defend and support common core in public schools, defending school unions, questioning the generosity of the Kansas tax payer contribution to public schools when in reality we spend equally or more that most states in our region. I'm insulted when Paul Davis and his union supporters such as The League of Women Voters suggest that the Kansas tax payer isn't generous enough.

Phillip Chappuie 4 years ago

I have trouble believing the outcome of this poll. I have experienced so many polls lately that have the questions so skewed that there is no correct choice that will not positively support the preconceived responses. Please learn what you can about what Mr. Davis can do to help the regular hard working people of this state. And please go find out why many will say that Brownback's policy is designed to serve only the wealthier people. It makes a huge difference. Please find out why those lower income earners actually are paying more in income tax and why child poverty has increased and why people are leaving the state. Its not because of Paul Davis.

Mike Ford 4 years ago

Rasmussen is a conservative polling service. enough said.

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