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Kansans like state but not state leaders

Roberts
Roberts

Kansans are especially dissatisfied with Gov. Sam Brownback, who received only an 18 percent satisfaction rating in the latest Kansas Speaks survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. But Kansans aren’t exactly thrilled with other political leaders, either. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., received the highest approval rating in the survey, with a 42 percent satisfaction rating. Only 34 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Nonetheless, most Kansans still like living here, though not as many as previously. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said that Kansas is an excellent or good place to live, down from 85 percent last year and 86.7 percent in the 2012 survey. And though 51 percent of those surveyed were either seriously or moderately concerned that the Kansas economy would threaten them or their family’s welfare over the next year, 84 percent expected to still be living in Kansas in five years. – Phillip Brownlee

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