Being Kansas' governor-elect hasn't been great for Sam Brownback's attendance record in the U.S. Senate. But it's been good for Kansans' approval of him as a U.S. senator. In SurveyUSA's December poll of Kansans, 58 percent of respondents said they approved of the job Brownback was doing. That was up 8 percentage points in a month and Brownback's highest rating in five years. The poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, also found approval ratings of 47 percent for Sen. Pat Roberts, 45 percent for outgoing Gov. Mark Parkinson and 31 percent for President Obama (down 13 points in a month).