Government & Politics

New poll shows Davis widening lead over Brownback for Kansas governor

Kansas gubernatorial candidates Paul Davis, left, and Sam Brownback
Kansas gubernatorial candidates Paul Davis, left, and Sam Brownback AP

A second consecutive poll shows increasing promise for Democrat Paul Davis in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

A new poll out Friday shows Davis with 52 percent to 45 percent for Brownback. It was the second straight poll showing Davis above the magical 50 percent barrier against Brownback.

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll surveyed 960 likely voters Oct. 20 and 21. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

The latest poll paints a dark picture for Brownback on several counts leading up to the Nov. 4 election.

▪  Roughly 53 percent of the voters in the Rasmussen poll thought of the governor unfavorably. This result has been seen throughout many of the polls this election season.

▪  Fifty-eight percent of voters thought Kansas was worse off today than it was four years ago when Brownback took office. Not a very good number considering the governor’s re-election theme has been the “Kansas comeback.”

▪ Most Kansans don’t trust Brownback with taxes, another bad bellwether given that income tax cuts are his seminal achievement during his first term in office. The Rasmussen poll found that 48 percent of voters trust Davis on taxes compared to 42 percent for Brownback. Ten percent didn’t know.

▪  The effort to exploit Davis’ presence at a strip club during a drug raid also does not appear to be sticking. On ethics and corruption, 45 percent trust Davis compared to 40 percent for Brownback.

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