Perhaps the downturn has Kansans, like many other Americans, unusually down on their leaders this summer. The SurveyUSA approval rating for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., dived to 49 percent last month from 61 percent in June, while Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., dipped 4 percentage points to 50 percent in July. Gov. Mark Parkinson's approval ratings declined over the summer, too (from 52 percent in late May to 41 percent in July).
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