Survey conveys public opinion
Kansans responding to the fourth Kansas Speaks survey of Kansas public opinion still overwhelmingly believe the state is a good place to live, with more than 95 percent of respondents rating it from fair to excellent.
Among respondents, about 9 percent rated the state fair, almost 20 percent excellent, 35 percent very good and 32 percent good. Only about 4 percent rated it poor or very poor.
Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs conducts the survey and contacted 4,468 Kansas residents to participate, of whom 928 responded.
Several interesting findings from the executive summary of the report include:
• Almost 70 percent of respondents were very or moderately concerned that the Kansas economy would threaten them or their families’ welfare.
• On efforts by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas GOP to improve the Kansas economy, 37 percent were moderately or very satisfied; 27.8 percent were moderately or very satisfied with Democratic Party leaders’ efforts.
• Younger respondents were less likely than older respondents to feel moderately or very satisfied with Democratic Party efforts on the economy, and men were less likely than women to feel levels of satisfaction with Democratic Party efforts.
• Respondents who were more likely to express satisfaction with Republican Party leaders on the Kansas economy were those who had lower levels of education, who were Republican or leaned Republican, or who were white.
The full survey report is available through the Kansas Speaks tab on the Docking Institute homepage at fhsu.edu/docking.