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Kansas Governor: Davis Surges Ahead as Election Day Approaches

Rasmussen Reports, 10/20 – 10/21

Kansas Governor

  • Paul Davis – Democrat – 52%
  • Sam Brownback – Republican – 45%
  • Other – 1%
  • Undecided – 2%

Republican incumbent Sam Brownback has once again lost a Rasmussen Reports political poll, analyzing the Kansas Governor race, to his Democrat challenger Paul Davis. The end of October poll, asked 960 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. 52 percent of voters chose Davis, while 45 percent chose Brownback.

A mid-September poll suggested that the race was much closer. Davis received 47 percent of the vote to Brownback’s 43 percent.

Only 44 percent of voters see Brownback as a favorable candidate. 53 percent find him unfavorable, and within that statistic, 40 percent find him very unfavorable.

On the other hand, 49 percent of voters see Davis as favorable and only 42 percent see him as unfavorable. The stark difference lies in voter’s opinion of Davis. Only 27 percent found him very unfavorable.

Voters were asked several questions regarding the two candidates and their level of trust in them. 46 percent of voters trust Davis on issues of government spending, while only 43 percent say the same about Brownback. For taxes, Davis received 48 percent of the vote to Brownback’s 42 percent. Davis clobbered Brownback in the social issues vote, registering 48 percent of the vote to his opponent’s 39 percent. Lastly, on the topic of ethics and corruption, 45 percent of voters trust Davis and only 40 percent Brownback.

Even more interesting were the demographics for this poll. 55 percent of voters registered as Republican, 25 percent as Democrat, and 20 percent as an unidentified party. The fact that Davis has a substantial lead in a Republican dominated poll is interesting and suggests that Brownback is loathed amongst the voters in Kansas, and that he likely will fail in his bid for reelection.

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