Poll finds support for status quo on selecting justices

As state lawmakers heard testimony this week on both sides of Gov. Sam Brownback’s call to change how Kansas selects appellate-court judges, a new poll was released favoring the status quo. Commissioned by Justice at Stake, a group based in Washington, D.C., “dedicated to the preservation of fair and impartial courts,” the survey found that 61 percent of Kansas voters would oppose changing the state constitution to mirror the federal model, so the governor could nominate justices for the Supreme Court subject to Senate confirmation; 21 percent supported that change, while 18 percent were undecided. In the same poll, 73 percent said they were not satisfied with the results of the 2012 elections in the nation and state, and 57 percent said Kansas was on the wrong track.