Survey finds fewer Kansans feel good about economy

HAYS, Kan. | A new survey finds that more Kansans gave the economy low marks than last year.

The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University contacted more than 4,000 Kansas households by mail and phone from June through September. The university says in a news release that 1,002 of the surveys were completed. The survey has a 3.1-percent margin of error.

It found that the percentage of people who regard the economy as "fair," ''poor" or "very poor" rose from 47.5 last year to 59.7 this year. The percentage of people who think the economy is at least "good" dropped by 12.2 percentage points.

The survey also asked participants about health care, taxes, their satisfaction with elected leaders, education and social services spending and oil and coal development.