A new online poll of 1,100 registered Kansas voters indicates Democrat Laura Kelly holds a thin lead over Republican Kris Kobach and that both major party candidates hold the bulk of attention less than two months before the election.
Civiqs, a polling and data analytics firm that elicited opinion with an email survey of volunteer participants, said if the election were held Friday to Monday that Kelly would capture 41 percent of the vote. Kobach would draw 39 percent.
Independent Greg Orman registered at 9 percent, Libertarian Jeff Caldwell at 5 percent and independent Rick Kloos at zero in the survey with a margin of error of 3.4 percent.
Civiqs, a division of the liberal-leaning Daily Kos, reported that opinion of Kelly, a Topeka state senator, was fractured. She was seen favorably by 40 percent but unfavorably by 31 percent. Twenty-nine percent were unsure of feelings about her.
Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, was best known among registered voters in this survey. His splits: favorable, 37 percent; unfavorable, 56 percent; unsure, 7 percent.
Orman, a Johnson County businessman, was viewed as favorable by 19 percent, unfavorable by 50 percent and unsure by 41 percent.
David Beattie, of the EMC Research firm performing polling for the Orman campaign, questioned Civiqs’ unfavorable rating for Orman. A pair of polls by EMC showed Orman’s favorable rating ranged from plus six to plus 12 percentage points, far different from the minus 31 percent noted by Civiqs.