WICHITA, Kansas — The most recent KSN News Poll conducted by SurveyUSA, conducted exclusively for KSN-TV, out Monday shows the race for Secretary of State in Kansas remains close.
Two weeks ago, a KSN News poll showed Secretary of State Kris Kobach tied with Jean Schodorf.
Fast forward two weeks and the latest poll data released September 8 shows that if the election were held today, Schodorf has a 3 percent advantage: 46 percent to Kobach’s 43 percent. Eleven percent of likely voters polled remain undecided. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percent.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach holds 70 percent of the Republican vote, while Jean Schodorf holds 86 percent of the Democratic vote.
Residents of the greater Kansas City area support Schodorf over Kobach by 7 percent, while in the Wichita and Topeka areas, Kobach and Schodorf are nearly tied.
Last week, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Democrat Chad Taylor did not comply with state law when he decided to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race.
Kobach says Taylor’s name must remain on the ballot.
SurveyUSA interviewed 825 Kansan adults 09/04/14 through 09/07/14. Of the adults, 723 were registered to vote. Of those registered, 555 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 11/04/14 general election.
Following the collection of Monday’s poll data, KSN asked each candidate what they feel is the most important issue for the state of Kansas and how they will address that issue.
In an emailed statement, incumbent Kris Kobach offered KSN News the following statement:
“The most important issue in this race is how the secretary of state protects the integrity of our elections. I will fight to keep our proof of citizenship requirement in place. My opponent will not. For most voters that is likely to be the decisive issue.”
“Also, the results in this poll are significantly skewed, because the second question tainted the later question about the Secretary of State race. The second question asks if you are aware that Kobach ‘refused’ to take Taylor’s name off the ballot. Refused is a loaded term that implies a stubborn act of willfulness and not simply applying the letter of the law. That undoubtedly affected many of the respondents who did not have a firm opinion on the secretary of state race, tainting the results later in the poll. It is fundamental in polling practice that you do not say anything positive or negative about a candidate before you ask the voter how he would vote in that race.”
At last report Monday, Jean Schodorf has not yet responded to KSN News’ question mentioned above.