GOP officials are objecting to a SurveyUSA poll showing Gov. Sam Brownback’s approval rating at 34 percent. They argue that the demographic and political makeup of those surveyed isn’t representative. David Kensinger, Brownback’s former chief of staff, cited a new poll by Public Opinion Strategies of registered voters in Kansas showing Brownback with a 51 percent approval rating and a 43 percent disapproval rating. President Obama has a 39 percent approval rating in that poll, slightly lower than his 43 percent approval in the SurveyUSA poll. The Topeka Capital-Journal noted that GOP officials have cited SurveyUSA polling when it was in their favor. For example, when a 2010 SurveyUSA poll showed former Gov. Mark Parkinson having a 42 percent approval rating, Kansas GOP chairwoman Amanda Adkins said the poll delivered a clear message that “Kansans oppose the Obama-Pelosi-Parkinson agenda of higher taxes and bigger government.”
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