WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The latest KSN News Poll conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA was released Thursday, and asked if the election were to happen today, who would take Kansas?
The poll surveyed 559 likely voters and Donald Trump would get 47 percent, Hillary Clinton would get 36 percent, and Gary Johnson would get 8 percent of the vote. Only 9 percent say they’re undecided. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percent.
KSN News found that the most revealing thing is that people in Kansas aren’t voting for Donald Trump as much as they’re voting against Hillary Clinton.
“They’re really voting more against Clinton than for Trump, whereas Democrats tend to be leaning for Clinton and not so much against Trump,” said KSN News Political Analyst Jeff Jarman
In the poll that has a margin of error of +/- 6.2 percent, it shows out of all Kansans surveyed, 55 percent say their vote for Trump is a vote against Clinton, not a vote for the candidate they want. Jarman points out that Ted Cruz won the state’s caucus, not Trump.
“And so it’s not surprising that Trump has some work to do if he wants to flip those numbers and get Kansans to actually support him, as opposed to simply oppose Hillary Clinton.”
As for Clinton, she matches Trump in the category of the reluctant Kansas voter. Fifty-four percent of those voting for Trump say they will vote for him reluctantly, and 41 percent voting Clinton say they will vote for her reluctantly. Both are seen as having an identical 77 percent extremely unfavorable rating by Kansas likely voters.
Clinton does fare a little better in why voters will support her candidacy at the ballot box. Of those voting for Hillary Clinton, 60 percent say it’s a vote for Clinton, and 39 percent say they are voting against Trump.
Still, both candidates at this point are getting a large chunk of Kansas votes, based on a vote against the opposition. Jarman says one or the other could still make up some ground, even though Trump will likely win Kansas.
“Been a very contentious primary season, but now is the time when those candidates unify, and what these poll numbers suggest is at least in Kansas there is still a lot of work to do, to unify the Republicans around the top of the ticket and their presidential nominee.”POLL RESULTS: Presidential Race | Conventions | U.S. Senate | Favorability