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Huelskamp’s poll shows support for congressman’s policies

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10:29 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10:40 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp announced that he has a 77 percent approval rating in his district, according to his own poll.

That’s a rating 52 points higher than Huelskamp, R-Fowler, scored in a statewide survey released a week ago by a national polling firm. In that survey, more than half of voters had no opinion of him.

In Huelskamp’s poll, released Wednesday, 42 percent of participants rated the job he is doing in Washington as “excellent” and 35 percent said he’s doing “good;” 12 percent rated Huelskamp “fair” and 11 percent “poor.”

Huelskamp’s poll was neither scientific nor random, gauging responses from constituents who participated in Huelskamp’s “telephone town hall meetings” and remained on the line to complete a survey afterwards, according to a news release from his office.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they supported Huelskamp’s stance in favor of the federal sequester budget cuts and 95 percent said they favored a smaller government that taxes less and does less, according to the release.

“These strong approval ratings indicate that Kansans strongly support my efforts in Congress,” Huelskamp said in the release. “They don’t trust Washington insiders and bureaucrats to solve things, and they want a smaller, more efficient federal government.”

A statewide poll released Feb. 27 by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, a firm reputed to lean slightly Democratic, found 25 percent of Kansans surveyed reported a “favorable” view of Huelskamp, with 22 percent “unfavorable” and 53 percent “not sure.”

The PPP poll also showed that in a theoretical Republican primary matchup against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, Huelskamp trails 53 percent to 22 percent.

But the poll also showed that if he were to become the Republican nominee for Senate, Huelskamp would have a four- to six-point lead in a Senate race against Democratic former Govs. Kathleen Sebelius or Mark Parkinson, or Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.

Huelskamp won his seat with 73 percent of the vote in the 1st Congressional District in 2010 and was unopposed for reelection in 2012.

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