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Kansans like Democrats when they're down

After the GOP sweep in Kansas on Nov. 2, "what you have is a one-party state now," said Joe Aistrup, a political science professor at Kansas State University. Yet the election had a softening effect on Kansans' view of Democrats, at least in polling by SurveyUSA (sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12) later in November: 52 percent of those Kansans surveyed approved of the job retiring Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson was doing (just 1 percentage point higher than October but 11 points up from September). Meanwhile, President Obama's approval rating in the state jumped from 28 percent in October to 44 percent in November — his best showing in Kansas since August 2009.