PART 2 OF 4. You can read Part 1 here.
Important note: this poll was done in early December 2012, long before Kansas Senator Pat Roberts voted to increase taxes on 77% of households, to increase taxes on "more than 80 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000," to increase the death tax, to increase taxes by $41 for every $1 in spending cuts, when even moderate Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins found it within herself to vote "no," when the same bill contained a NASCAR tax credit, when the bill was not made publicly available, and when I find it impossible to believe the 78-year-old TARP-supporting Roberts read the bill after midnight.
You can read the full poll results and methodology at KansasReform.com. I wanted to wait for a local paper, The Gardner News, to publish its story on this poll, before I wrote about it on my RedState diary.
The main purpose of this poll was not about Senator Roberts. It was about local issues in the city of Gardner, Kansas. I took the opportunity to add one question about Roberts in the 22-question poll. As I wrote in my last article, "The city of Gardner, Kansas, is a suburb of Greater Kansas City and one of the fastest growing cities in the state. In 2010 to 2011, the entire state grew at a 0.6% rate, while Gardner experienced almost three times the growth rate, at 1.6%. The city grew by 104% between 2000 and 2010."
Roberts is expected to run for re-election in 2014.
In 2014, US Senator Pat Roberts is up for re-election. Do you think Senator Roberts should run for re-election, or should he retire?
- If run for re-election, press 1
- If he should retire, press 2
- Undecided, press 3
Result: US Senator Pat Roberts - Should Roberts run for re-election or retire?
Run for re-election: 25.6%
Regarding the margin of error, it is a high 8.9%, but it's difficult to find good news for Senator Roberts, regardless. This was a very conservative sample: 62% of respondents were registered as Republicans, 54% considered themselves either "very conservative" or "somewhat conservative," Secretary of State Kris Kobach had a 56% favorability rating, and 63% voted for Mitt Romney in November (Romney received 60% of the state-wide Kansas vote). I run this PAC as a hobby, this was an automated poll (which yields smaller response rates than live polls), and I had a small initial sample size; if you would like to pay more for a live poll and compare those results to mine, I invite you to do that. As I wrote in my previous RedState post:
"I’ll note that, yes, there is a high margin of error of 8.9%, and that is because of the relatively few number of voters. I still consider these results valuable — after all, even if you add or subtract 8.9% from any of these figures, they are still encouraging numbers for conservatives. I use an automated polling method, and we started with a database of about 3,000 likely voters and 2,300 valid phone numbers. The number of people answering the first question was within our average of 5-11%, but that’s 5-11% of an already-small number, and we do weight the polls afterwards for gender, party affiliation, and age."
Once again, full results can be found here.
Read the front-page article on our poll in The Gardner News by clicking here:
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