A new poll by a Republican pollster has found a big problem for Kansas GOP Senate candidates this fall: fellow Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Essentially, a great majority of Kansans don’t like how Brownback is leading the state, though a certain part of the GOP crowd is still filled with believers. (Indeed, Brownback is scheduled to appear at the Northeast Johnson County Conservatives meeting tonight at a Prairie Village restaurant. )
The survey was done by Remington Research Group, which is part of odious GOP consultant Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies. It was first reported by the Topeka Capital-Journal.
The news wasn’t exactly surprising, given the long run of news about Brownback’s many political problems and budgetary woes in the last year or so.
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The poll also sends the strong message that lawmakers — senators as well as House members — who have supported Brownback’s costly income tax cuts of 2012 could be in trouble in the Nov. 8 elections.
That’s good to see.
That could lead to a sea-change in the Legislature, putting more Democrats into House and Senate seats.
Already, moderate Republicans in the August primaries ousted 14 ultra-conservative GOP members.
However, even moderate Republican candidates have to wince a little bit at the numbers in the new poll. Some also could be in danger of getting swept up in the anti-Brownback tide this fall as Democrats press their case with voters to get rid of the GOP crowd in Topeka.
Overall, the poll affirms the message that running against Brownback and his tax cuts could be a winning strategy.
▪ A whopping 70 percent viewed Brownback unfavorably.
▪ 73 percent said Kansas government is on the wrong path.
▪ 58 percent viewed the Kansas Legislature unfavorably.
▪ 79 percent said the Kansas budget was in poor or very poor shape.
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The most-mentioned priority in the poll at 35 percent was the future of K-12 schools; job creation and state government spending were next, tied at 15 percent.
The poll shows just how big the anti-Brownback forces are in Johnson County and the rest of Kansas.
Still, will voters who returned Brownback to office less than two years ago really get rid of some of his best allies at the ballot box?
They did in August, at least in more than a dozen GOP primary contests.
And if they do it in another dozen or so general election races in November, that could change state government for at least the next two years in a positive way.