-PPP finds that Kansas voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed bill in the legislature that would let businesses refuse service for same sex couples. Only 29% support it, compared to 59% who are opposed. The opposition to the bill is bipartisan with Democrats (13/80) and independents (24/61) overwhelmingly against it and even Republicans (40/44) narrowly so.
At the same time support for legalizing gay marriage has increased a net 8 points over the last year and now 44% of voters favor it to 48% who are opposed, compared to a 39/51 spread last February. Those under the age of 45 support it by a 55/37 spread. 66% support at least civil unions for same sex couples to only 32% who are opposed to any sort of legal recognition, and even GOP voters support civil unions 53/44.
-With Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts both under water with Kansas voters, Jerry Moran wins honors as the most popular politician in the state. 37% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 26% who disapprove. The 36% with no opinion about him is still an unusually high number for a Senator though, speaking to the state having one of the most low profile delegations in the country.
-Mike Huckabee is the top choice of Kansas Republicans to be their candidate for President in 2016. 20% support him for the nomination compared to 13% for Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, 12% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Rand Paul, 7% for Paul Ryan, 5% for Marco Rubio, 4% for Scott Walker, and 2% for Bobby Jindal. This makes 4 out of our last 5 GOP polls across the country where Huckabee has been in the lead.
All of the potential Republican candidates for President lead Hillary Clinton in hypothetical contests, although the margins are far closer than they were for Barack Obama in the state last year. Jeb Bush leads Clinton by 9 points at 50/41, and everyone else leads her by 7 points- it's 49/42 for Mike Huckabee, 48/41 for Rand Paul, and 46/39 for Chris Christie.
-Kansas voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour by a 49/41 spread. Those are the narrowest numbers we've found anywhere so far on this issue, but they still speak to the fact that voters support it most everywhere. They also think by a 61/32 spread that unemployment benefits should be extended instead of cut off.
-When it comes to college sports Kansans narrowly favor the Jayhawks over the Wildcats, 38/34. This is one of those rivalries with a strong partisan divide. Democrats prefer Kansas 51/26, while Republicans go for Kansas State 42/34.
Kansas fans are unsurprisingly quite happy with the job basketball coach Bill Self is doing, giving him a 79/5 approval. They're considerably less happy with football coach Charlie Weis, who registers at 37/20. More than 10 years after leaving the school Roy Williams is still a beloved figure with Jayhawk fans, who give him a 63/13 favorability. Former football coach Mark Mangino is seen more favorably than not as well at 38/27.
Kansas State fans are happy with both of their major sport coaches. Bill Snyder has an 81/6 approval rating and Bruce Weber comes in at 60/5.
-Hope springs eternal at this time of year for baseball fans and that's certainly the case when it comes to partisans of the Kansas City Royals. Despite a more than 2 decade long playoff drought, 73% of the team's fans think they'll be playing in October this year and 23% even think they'll make it to the World Series. Overall 49% of Kansans say the Royals are their favorite MLB team to 7% for the Cubs, 4% each for the Rockies, Yankees, and Cardinals, and 3% each for the Braves and Red Sox.
-Finally we did some important polling related to the Wizard of Oz. Kansans have a very favorable opinion of both Dorothy (76/7) and the Wizard of Oz (73/9) but don't look too kindly on the Wicked Witch of the West who comes in at 26/52. In a hypothetical gubernatorial race between Dorothy and the Witch, Dorothy wins 74/5, one of the most lopsided horse race outcomes we've ever found in our polling.
Full results here