Kelly (D) tied with (R) Kobach in Kansas Gubernatorial Race

Healthcare, immigration, and economy cited as top issues in determining the vote

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC - Today, Ipsos released new election data in partnership with Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics providing a glimpse into the Kansas gubernatorial race which hasn’t seen much public polling. Among likely voters, 43% indicated they would vote for Democrat Laura Kelly while 41% indicated they would vote for Kris Kobach. A win will likely come down to whichever side is more mobilized to show up to vote. 

Three-fourths (76%) of likely voters express quite a bit or a great deal of interest in news about the midterm election, with a larger number of Democrats (47%) saying they have a great deal of interest compared to Republicans (34%). The majority (55%) feel that things in Kansas are off on the wrong track though barely half (50%) feel the same about the country as a whole. When asked about the most important problem facing the US today, healthcare (25%) tops the list by far. Immigration (19%) comes in second, followed by morality (11%). When asked about the most important issue in determining the vote, however, healthcare tops the list for Democrats (28%) while immigration tops the list for Republicans (26%).

Among likely voters, 40% feel that Kelly has the better healthcare policy compared to Kobach (31%). On immigration, however, we see the opposite, with 39% preferring Kobach’s policies over Kelly’s (34%).

For more information on Kansas and other races, please reference the Political Atlas, an interactive website collaboration between Ipsos and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. 

The Political Atlas site provides daily updates of the main issues affecting citizens in all 50 states, along with poll and social media indicators for every congressional, senate, and gubernatorial race in the country, with expert assessments. Bringing this to the midterm election provides further resolution to the ebbs and flows of the campaigns. Ipsos uses machine learning and natural language processing algorithms to collect and categorize over 5 million individual posts a day. 

For more information on this press release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs
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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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