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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Poll: Low Favorability For Brownback, But Other Republicans Fare Better

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A new survey reveals low opinions of Gov. Sam Brownback among Kansas residents.

Survey USA interviewed 800 adults earlier this month—675 of them registered to vote—for a study sponsored by KSN News. It shows that 72 percent of people surveyed say they have an unfavorable view of the governor, including 50 percent with an “extremely unfavorable” view of him. Just 20 percent have a favorable opinion of Brownback.

Brownback's Republican peers are faring better in the red state of Kansas.

The survey shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by 11 points in Kansas in November’s presidential race.

Forty-seven percent of responders support the presumptive Republican nominee; 36 percent say they’d vote for his Democratic opponent. Eight percent of the Kansans polled said they would vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and 9 percent remain undecided.

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The numbers aren’t necessarily a bad sign for Clinton, however. A majority of her supporters say they would “enthusiastically” vote for her. A majority of Trump supporters say they would cast their vote for him with some reservations.

The authors of the survey say the “polarization of the Kansas electorate is striking”: 77 percent of Trump supporters have an “extremely unfavorable” view of Clinton, and likewise, 77 percent of Clinton supporters say they have an “extremely unfavorable” view of Trump.

Locally, Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran carries a strong lead against both of his Democratic challengers. Patrick Wiesner and Monique Singh will face off in the primary for a spot on the November ballot; a solid majority of survey responders said they would vote for Moran in either match-up.

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Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.