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Minority status in Senate; majority approval at home

Overall, Kansans seem to approve of how Republican Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts are doing in the Democratic-controlled Congress. In the latest SurveyUSA poll, co-sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, Brownback had a 52 percent approval rating, up 4 percentage points from September, and 54 percent approved of the job Roberts is doing (equal to his September rating). Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson's approval dropped from 53 to 44 percent in the same poll — suggesting that even if he had decided to run against Brownback next year in an effort to stay at Cedar Crest, Parkinson could face an uphill fight.

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