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Monday Poll results: Your views on the rescinding of LGBT protections for state workers in Kansas

Sylvia Porubsky (right), 7, and Marie Sewell, 8, held a sign as they joined hundreds of people at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka protesting against the governor’s actions against the LGBT community.
Sylvia Porubsky (right), 7, and Marie Sewell, 8, held a sign as they joined hundreds of people at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka protesting against the governor’s actions against the LGBT community. The Associated Press/The Topeka Capital-Journal

In this week’s Monday Poll we asked what you thought about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s executive decision to rescind protections for LGBT state workers. Here are the rather unsurprising results of the unscientific survey, based on nearly 3,000 responses to the first question and more than 2,300 for the other three.

1) Brownback was correct when he said it should be up to the Kansas Legislature — and not a governor’s executive action — to expand “protected class” status to any group.

Strongly agree 10%

Agree 5%

Disagree 12%

Strongly disagree 73%

2) Critics of the governor’s move rightly warn that it could encourage hardworking LGBT state employees to leave and discourage private companies from putting down roots or expanding in Kansas.

Strongly agree 77%

Agree 11%

Disagree 4%

Strongly disagree 9%

3) Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick put the matter into proper context when he said state workers should not be fired for their sexual orientation.

Strongly agree 83%

Agree 11%

Disagree 3%

Strongly disagree 3%

4) Kansas City Mayor Sly James took good advantage of this controversy, tweeting to his 35,000 followers: “LGBT COMMUNITY! You are welcome in Kansas City!”

Strongly agree 82%

Agree 11%

Disagree 3%

Strongly disagree 5%

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