Democrats were excited to find 52 percent of Kansans disapprove of the job Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is doing in office. The poll results were released Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 after being conducted by the Public Policy Polling company.
"Kansans are common sense people who can see the disastrous consequences of Governor Brownback's policies," state Democratic Chair Joan Wagnon said in a press release. "Kansans are waking up to the fact that Governor Brownback is raising taxes on middle- and lower-income Kansans to pay for tax breaks for his wealthy supporters. This poll is proof that Kansans see through the fairy tale Brownback is spinning and understand his policies will hurt Kansas students, Kansas workers, and Kansas families."
The governor has made some controversial proposals as he tries to eliminate income tax in the state. He passed huge cuts a year ago and is proposing more this year, and to make up for a shortfall that will cause, he has proposed items that are not too popular.
The program itself was not so popular with voters as 48 percent of voters opposed and 37 percent supportive. Sixty five percent of moderates and 56 percent of independents oppose the plan. Even 34 percent of somewhat conservative voters and 28 percent of Republicans are opposed to the proposal to overhaul the income tax the press release from the state Democratic party noted.
To make up for the shortfall caused by income tax cuts the Governor has proposed keeping a sales tax that was supposed to be temporary, and eliminating a deduction for mortgage interest. These proposals are also not faring well in the polls.
The Public Policy Polling company surveyed 1,229 people via an automated phone interview Feb. 21-24. The margin of error is three percent.
Even as the Governor's approval rating was not so good, he still led several challengers the poll suggested as opponents in the 2014 election.