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New Kansas Poll of Rural Voters Shows Senate Race is Competitive As Covid and Healthcare Are Top Concerns

Columbus, OH — Today, RuralOrganizing.org released more findings from a poll of  1,055 rural and exurban voters in Kansas, which was fielded from June 30 to July 13, 2020.  

Results show that COVID-19 and health remain at the top of rural voters’ concerns. 

The toplines of the poll can be found here.

  • On COVID-19, a large majority of the voters - 76% -  had serious concerns about the outbreak.

  • When asked about Trump’s handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the breakdown Trump was underwater: 50% disapproval (40% strongly) to 48% approval (25% strongly approve.) 

  • 53% of the voters disagreed with the statement “Trump has adequately prepared for the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.”

  • Among these rural and exurban voters in Kansas, Trump’s job approval is 53% while disapproval is 45%. Strongly disapprove is 36% while strongly approve is at 31%.

  • A majority (54%) of rural and exurban voters in Kansas think that the government should be responsible for ensuring health insurance coverage for all Americans

The polling also showed that while rural Kansas voters favor president Trump by 11 points, Roger Marshall, the Republican candidate in the senate race only leads by a slight margin.

  • In the head-to-head match up at the Presidential level, Trump leads 49% to 38% with 9% undecided.

  • A Senate race matchup between Roger Marshall and Barbara Bollier showed Marshall with a small lead at 41% to 38% while 14% were undecided.

Our findings show that rural Kansas voters are looking for unifying messages and policies that support small businesses and local residents over DC special interests.

  • 80% said they would be more likely to support a candidate who said, “We need a president who will fight for the rights of all Americans—not divide us up based on race, gender, or sexual orientation for their own political gain.

  • 75% said they would be more likely to support a candidate who said, “We must stop the pharmaceutical industry from ripping off the American people by capping what Americans pay for prescription drugs.”

  • 71% Every person, whether you live in the city or a small town, should have access to a good grocery store and pharmacy 22%

  • 70% said they would be more likely to support a candidate who said, “Tax incentives should prioritize small local businesses over major corporations.”

  • 68% agreed that USDA programs too often benefit big corporations and big farms instead of small farms, small businesses and rural Americans

Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of Rural Organizing said.

Our poll shows that rural Kansas voters are looking for unifying leaders who will fight for the rights of all Americans—not divide us up based on race, gender, or sexual orientation for their own political gain.

Rural voters in Kansas feel strongly that a handful of corporate monopolies now run our entire food system. They want bold solutions that ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare and that prioritize small local, rural businesses over major corporations.

Candidates looking to impress rural voters in Kansas should champion an agenda that prioritizes small business owners and family farmers over corporate lobbyists in Washington, DC.

 The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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