A Public Policy Polling survey released this week showing that only 37 percent of Kansans approve of Gov. Sam Brownback’s job performance was not particularly surprising, as polls conducted last year by SurveyUSA had similar findings. The approval rating mirrored the public’s opinion of Brownback’s plan for phasing out state income taxes, as only 37 percent of those surveyed supported it while 48 percent opposed it. Though Brownback had an edge against various Democrats in hypothetical matchups, it was striking how well the Democrats did even though the public knows little about them. For example, Brownback led Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer by only 4 percentage points, even though 68 percent of those surveyed didn’t know enough about Brewer to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him.
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