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New Survey Finds Majority Of Kansans 'Moderately Concerned' About Economy

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A wide-ranging survey of Kansas residents found that more than half of respondents were at least “moderately concerned” that the state's economy would seriously threaten their welfare or that of their family over the next year.

The Kansas Speaks survey is conducted annually by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. The report found nearly three-quarters of the respondents felt Kansas is at least a “good” place to live, and only 5 percent felt it is a “poor or “very poor” place to live.

It was also determined that a strong majority oppose guns on college campuses; almost twice as many Kansans would rather create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants than move toward deportation; and more than three-fifths of respondents felt Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policy has been “a failure” or “a tremendous failure” in terms of economic growth.

When asked whom they would vote for in the next presidential election, 18 percent of respondents said they would vote for Donald Trump, followed by Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson. Forty percent of respondents did not know whom they would vote for. Additionally, more than half of respondents did not know the name of their state representatives or senators.

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