New poll suggests trouble for Roberts, Brownback in upcoming election

Two Kansas Republicans are facing some potential trouble heading into November's general election.


The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts with only a 27 percent approval rating after a significant challenge from political newcomer Milton Wolf in the primary. However, he leads Democrat Chad Taylor with 32 percent of the vote compared to Taylor's 25 percent in a recent poll. Independent candidate Greg Orman comes a close third at 23 percent. 17 percent of those surveyed are still undecided. Questions about Roberts' residency in Kansas linger, and according to the poll 50 percent of those surveyed say Roberts' home is now in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and House Minority Leader Paul Davis leads the race by two points, with 39 percent over Gov. Sam Brownback's 37 percent. 55 percent of those polled say they disapprove of Brownback's job performance, with 34 percent approving of Brownback's time in office.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 903 likely voters from Aug. 14-17. The general election is Nov. 4, with advance voting beginning Oct. 16.

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